Ashley Gilbertson, VII Picture Company:
So, my identify is Ashley Gilbertson. I am a photojournalist. I stay in New York Metropolis, and I am with the picture company known as VII.
And I do a number of work as a freelancer for The New York Instances. And so they mentioned, do you need to go to Washington tomorrow? As a result of there’s going to be this Cease the Steal rally, and we’re in search of some photos of impassioned Trump supporters and no matter else occurs.
And as I bought to the garden on the Capitol, behind the Capitol, I may see that there was a gaggle of Trump rioters now, they usually had been pushing and smashing a door and home windows at one of many rear entrances.
So I ran straight in direction of that. They bought in, and I used to be one of many first 20 folks into the place, and I adopted this crowd as they moved via the corridors. And a few of them put their fingers up. And there was shouting.
And so I transfer in entrance to see what is going on on. And I see that there is a police officer standing there, and he is shouting at them. I did not know that he was defending and attempting to guide them someplace else. I did not know that there was — he was going to take them away from the chamber, the place there have been nonetheless senators inside.
That police officer, who we now know is Eugene Goodman, to me, was the only real act of actual braveness that I noticed.