A surprising video shared on social media Wednesday, January 6, captured the moment a police officer at the U.S. Capitol paused in the midst of an unprecedented protest breaching the building's security to take a selfie with a protester.
Journalist Timothy Burke posted the startling video to social media, which showed a uniformed man in a police vest with an identifying patch that said Capitol Police pausing in his duties to snap a photo with a red-hatted protester, both appearing calm and in good spirits. The pair even nod at each other after achieving the shot.
The moment caused a predictable uproar on Twitter, where users had already been hotly debating the treatment the pro-Donald Trump protesters got from police, as opposed to the more forceful response protesters who participated in events from last year such as Black Lives Matter received.
"Is there a word for something that shocks and infuriates you but really isn't in the slightest bit surprising?" wondered one Twitter user.
The Wednesday protest, in which some of the participants were armed, was directed at the afternoon's congressional session held to certify the 2020 Electoral College vote, a largely ceremonial process that would officially name Joe Biden President. The vote was being contested by sitting President Trump, who urged his followers in an earlier rally to protest and "stop the steal" of the presidency, which he alleges was won by fraudulent means.
The protest resulted in a reported four deaths, with one woman shot and killed by police. The incident marks the first time the Capitol had been overrun since the 1814 burning of Washington by the British during the War of 1812.
Regardless of the insurgence, on Thursday, January 7, current Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Biden as the winner of the Electoral College count, formally declaring that he will be sworn in as the next President in 13 days. Trump said he still disagrees with the outcome, but promised a peaceful transition.