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.

13 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

    • Footnote to history says:

      “How Trump’s internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection : Online extremists started planning the chaos of January 6 months ago.” https://www.vox.com/recode/22221285/trump-online-capitol-riot-far-right-parler-twitter-facebook
      “…The disarray and violence in Washington on January 6 drew a big audience, too. More than 23 million people watched the event on cable news stations — it was the most-watched day in CNN’s 40-year history, averaging 5.22 million viewers — and millions more followed along online via livestreams. There were more than 4.6 million mentions of unrest at the Capitol between 12 am and 6:30 pm ET that day, according to Zignal Labs, a firm that tracks online misinformation. The number of mentions first spiked after Trump spoke at the “Save America” rally in front of the White House and then surged after the mob breached the Capitol.”

      “A timeline of what happened when pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol” (video) https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2021/01/08/timeline-what-happened-when-pro-trump-rioters-stormed-us-capitol/6598002002/

        • Archivalist says:

          Scopes (1/9/20): “A photograph shows Rudy Giuliani with Jake Angeli, who took part in the U.S. Capitol riot wearing horns.” https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/giuliani-jake-angeli-capitol-riot/
          “The image on the left was taken on Jan. 6, 2021, as a pro-Trump mob forced their way into the Capitol, an incident that would end with five people, including a police officer, dead.
          The image on the right was taken at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 30, 2020, as Giuliani convened an unofficial “hearing” to discuss false allegations of voter fraud.”
          The article includes links to a newspaper account of the ‘hearing’, an archived copy of Mr. Angeli’s Facebook page after the event and a video clip from the ‘hearing’ in which Angeli briefly greets Giuliani but as Scopes notes, “It should be noted that taking a photograph with someone is not indicative of any meaningful relationship.”

  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.

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