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Colorado Springs native recounts U.S. Capitol chaos

010821 CAPITOL CHAOS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Even though she was there, Colorado Springs native Calandra O'Hanlan still can't believe the violence she witnessed that played out at the Nation's Capitol.

"My heart absolutely goes out to them I think we are all trying to make sense of a really intense and difficult situation," O'Hanlan says.

She now lives about an hour away from Washington D.C. and was there hours before the chaos. "We came to stand and ask Congress to continue investigations about the election," O'Hanlan says. "It's not about Trump versus Biden."

The massive crowd of tens of thousands of people then moved toward the Capitol. O'Hanlan says what was strange to her was how close they got to the building with no barricades blocking them.

O'Hanlan says, "What was different is, why were tens of thousands of people allowed to come in such close proximity to the capitol when the rest of this year those blockades were rock solid." Something else that surprised her was a lack of police. O'Hanlan says, "I was expecting a lot more police officers on the ground, to see them visually, because they knew the rally was happening because tensions are high around D.C."

She and hundreds of others then made their way to the veranda of the Capitol where she said no one asked them or forced them to leave. Then she started to notice windows into the building were cracked and people were trying to force their way inside.

"Individuals that were banging on the door did get tear-gassed," O'Hanlan says. "And so that was an alarm for us you know we were like okay just in case I think it's time to go."

It wasn't until after she left, that social media revealed the severity of the mayhem taking place inside. O'Hanlan says, "I was one; shocked, thinking that was never the plan, for anyone who had attended the rally earlier."

Like others, she wants to know why police were so unprepared for the violence telling KRDO, “This is one of the most guarded places in the world I know that there is incredible law enforcement officers everywhere, how did it happen?" And like other critics, she thinks those who caused this riot need to be held accountable. 

Chase Golightly

Chase is a reporter and an anchor for our weekend evening newscasts. Learn more about Chase here.

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  1. “I was one; shocked, thinking that was never the plan, for anyone who had attended the rally earlier.”
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    Either she is very naïve, or there may have been more than one stream directing people to go there. But there’s little doubt from some that I’ve seen what Trump’s intent was, and his plans didn’t stop at peaceful discussions if he didn’t get his way.

  2. Interesting riot where there were poorly constructed barriers and lack of police. Police took selfies and ushered protestors through fenced areas. It’s as if my residential home is more secure than the Capitol.

    1. Woulda been an entirely different story if those “protestors” (ha) were of a different color, don’t you think?

      1. Yeah they would have turned around at the capital walls and burned downtown to the ground. Assumptions are fun

    1. She knew exactly what she was doing, as her prior postings on social media indicate. I’m sorry anyone had to die, but I feel more sorry for the family of the officer who died in the line of duty.

      1. I agree. She knew what she was doing. It’s strange she was even allowed to climb through the window when multiple police personnel in uniform were behind her. It’s also bizarre to be shot by plain clothes security when police are mere feet behind her, well within the margin of error of crossfire.

    2. First, she must stand before God and be held accountable for her treason.
      Hopefully, she can see how her family is suffering, then she needs to confess what she did as sin.
      Judgment Day for her- first

  3. Let me see. How long was it before CSPD arrested peaceful protesters caught on video in the Pulpit Rock neighborhood? Weeks or months. For blocking a driveway and brandishing a weapon as I recall.
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    Capitol Police arrested five times more people during the George Floyd protest than they did the day these lawless thugs stormed and vandalized the bastion of democracy – fully intending to harm our nation’s leaders – including killing a cop.
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    Outrageous trying to make this look like anything other than what it was.

  4. I don’t believe she is heartsick or shocked. She knew exactly what would happen.Thats why her FB page was blocked. See her post below:

    “Who is coming January 6th? Excited to see friends and stand for election integrity and against the deep state corruption so openly exposed in 2020–confirmed voter fraud, big tech censorship, mathematical impossibilities in votes, BLM/ANTIFA violence, mass media fake news, willful deception and fraud of Ds and Rs in impeachment nonsense, and pandemic propaganda to economically cripple small business and transfer wealth to Amazon, Costco, etc. Message me if you are coming to DC! #MillionMAGAMarch #MAGA2020 #TruthMatters”

    1. It amazes me that someone can be so brainwashed until you look at that crowd attacking the Capitol.

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