'Very disappointed:' East Bay reacts to new details revealed of Capitol riot in 1st Jan. 6 hearing

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East Bay reacts to new details of Jan. 6 riot in 1st hearing
Bay Area residents react to new details released of Jan. 6 Capitol riots in the first House committee hearing.

FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- Fremont residents were invited to a watch party for the first of six hearings on the January 6th Capitol riot.

More than a dozen people gathered at Bronco Billy's Pizza.

Resident Donna Schroder told ABC7 News, "So disappointed. So very disappointed that this could happen."

Disappointed, disturbed and frightened is how some in attendance described the new details uncovered Thursday night. Community members offered reactions following the first hearing.

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The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol held the first in a series of hearings laying out its findings.

"I'm stunned," resident Rick Hood shared. "There are things I lived through a year and a half ago, that I became numb to while it was going on. This brought it all back, put it into focus."

The watch party was a push for engagement, according to event organizer Joanne Hoemberg. She got the group together as part of a national effort.

"I think it's extremely important that we do pay attention," Hoemberg said. "Because we are really on the verge of major problems with our democracy, and we have to understand that."

Never before seen videos and interviews were uncovered- including details of the attack played out on prime time TV.

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The U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, has been described as the worst attack on American democracy since the Civil War.

"This is new footage that we've never seen, from new angles," local attorney David Bonaccorsi explained. "You felt the visceral, almost medieval battle that was going on. You saw some of the officers that were getting beaten in the back and pummeled."

Bonaccorsi led community conversations and hearing analysis during parts of the live broadcast.

"Part of our success as a democracy is having an informed citizenry," he told ABC7 News.

"We learn a lot more, I learn more, hearing other peoples' thoughts. The way they see things," Hood shared. "So we build on each other and hopefully walk away smarter as a group."

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Rioters scale a wall at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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Residents said Thursday's new developments only strengthened their conviction.

Some were emotional, but all agreed the country must know what exactly happened that day at the Capitol.

"It just really hit hard," Schroder said. "I mean, there is just so much stuff that just did not need to happen."

Hoemberg said there are currently no watch events planned for future hearings.

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