A Reuters photographer at Trump’s failed coup attempt

Leah Millis, a senior photographer for Reuters, was one of the journalists capturing events on the ground. She took over 1,000 photos that day, including a striking shot of the Capitol’s exterior. At dusk, a police flash-bang munition went off, casting a warm orange glow on the facade and silhouetting rioters with unfurled Trump flags on the platform below—the same platform used for inaugurations. At that moment, Millis clicked her shutter

Millis started her day at around 11 a.m. ET on the east side of the Capitol, where protesters gathered in the morning. But after receiving a message that rioters were attempting to breach the west side a few hours later, she ran to document the scene, afraid that police would block it off and she wouldn’t get access…

Millis recalls hearing the crowd “chanting some kind of encouragement and realized they were probably breaking into the doors.” She climbed onto some of the scaffolding that’s set up for Inauguration Day to see what was going on. “That’s when I saw them battling with the police for an extended period of time,” she says. “It wasn’t until a different force showed up that they started firing flash-bangs and tear gas to actually disperse the crowd. And that’s what that photo is. The flash-bang going off.”

Great photo. Dangerous opportunity. Just like working around gangs and gangsters, photographers covering Trump’s Republican Party now run the risk of their gear smashed…and personal attacks.

18 thoughts on “A Reuters photographer at Trump’s failed coup attempt

  1. p/s says:

    “Officer crushed in door by rioters at US Capitol Wednesday” (CNN 1/9/21) https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/us/officer-crushed-capitol-riot-video/index.html [includes video shot by New York City Freelance Photographer Jon Farina for Status Coup News]
    “Mob Rule in the Capitol” (The New Yorker 1/7/21) https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/mob-rule-in-the-capitol
    “Extremists intensify calls for violence ahead of Inauguration Day” (CNN 1/8/21) https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/08/us/online-extremism-inauguration-capitol-invs/index.html

  2. Jimmy Click says:

    (January 8, 2021) NY Times Photographer Shares Stunning Account of the Capitol Riots: ‘I Thought I Could Be Killed and No One Would Stop Them’ https://www.mediaite.com/news/ny-times-photographer-shares-stunning-account-of-the-capitol-riots-i-thought-i-could-be-killed-and-no-one-would-stop-them/
    (NYT 1/7/21): “‘Senate Being Locked Down’: Inside a Harrowing Day at the Capitol.
    Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached. Here’s how they experienced it.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/us/politics/capitol-lockdown.html

  3. Backstage pass says:

    A video apparently taken by Donald Trump Jr. shows his family and friends laughing and joking in the backstage area before President Donald Trump spoke at a rally Wednesday — not long before a mob of the president’s supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol in a riot that left five people dead. https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/business/money-report/donald-trump-jr-video-shows-happy-family-friends-backstage-at-rally-prior-to-capitol-riot-that-killed-5/2400163/

  4. Mark says:

    Mr Eideard. I’m not sure how the belligerent gang of knuckleheads that assaulted the capital amounts to a coup. This rabble makes the beer hall putch look like a masterclass in political strategy.

  5. Eye of Providence says:

    ● “Chilling video captured by a New Yorker reporter circulating online shows a complicated mix of preparation and spontaneous violence during a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, political violence expert Robert Pape said Sunday.” (1/18/21) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/18/new-yorker-video-us-capitol-rioters-luke-mogelson/4198301001/
    ● “A Reporter’s Footage from Inside the Capitol Siege” (New Yorker 1/17/21) https://www.newyorker.com/news/video-dept/a-reporters-footage-from-inside-the-capitol-siege
    ● “41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege” (1/16/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/01/16/video-timeline-capitol-siege/?arc404=true

  6. Documentary evidence says:

    “Hundreds of Parler videos from Capitol riot republished in chronological timeline : An eye-opening look at the day’s events” https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/18/22236750/propublica-parler-capitol-riot-videos-timeline-resource
    “ProPublica has published a new interactive resource of over 500 videos taken in Washington, DC on January 6th, the day of the Capitol riots, offering an unfiltered look at the day’s events. The videos were sourced from Parler, the social network popular with Trump’s supporters, whose database of over one million videos was archived before the service was taken offline.”
    [WARNING Some viewers may find the following reality disturbing]
    ProPublica: “What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol” https://projects.propublica.org/parler-capitol-videos/

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