The woman trampled in the Capitol riots had a flag of 'don't tread me'
A woman, rosanne boyland trampled to death was holding a banner reading "Don't tread on me" during the riot at the US Capitol.
When a few rioters started pushing people, Rosanne Boyland, 34, was killed in the crush, her friend Justin Winchell said.
"They essentially created a panic, and the police, in turn, push back on them, so people started falling," Mr. Winchell said.
I put my arm under her and pushed her out, and then another guy fell on top of her, and there was just another guy wandering around (on top of her).
"There were people stacked two-three deep…people just crushed."
Desperately, paramedics attempted to revive her, but were unable to.
Pictures from earlier that day showed her bearing the expression "Don't tread on me" flag.
The so-called Gadsden flag dates back to the American Revolution, but has been co-opted as a means of protesting government interference by conservative groups.
Underneath the venomous timber rattlesnake, the flag displays the slogan.
Mr. Winchell, who flew to Ms. Boyland's protest from Georgia, said he did not blame the riot on Donald Trump.
"She was killed by an incited event and it was not incited by Trump supporters," he said.
But Justin Cave's brother-in-law, Ms Boyland, disagreed.
"I've never tried to be a political person but it's my own subjective opinion that the president's words incited a riot that killed four of his biggest fans last night and I conclude that we should invoke the 25th amendment at this time," he said.
"Our family is grieving on every level for our country, for all the family that have lost loved ones or suffered injuries, for our own loss."
A legislative mechanism authorizing the cabinet to expel a president if he is found unfit for office is the 25th amendment.
Ms. Boyland is one of the five people who died in the US Capitol storm.
As he was "physically engaging with the rioters" Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick sustained critical injuries. He died yesterday in the hospital.
While attempting to climb through a broken window to reach a barricaded room of the US Capitol, Ashli Babbitt was shot. The responsible gunman has not been named.
A fatal heart attack on the Capitol grounds was sustained by Kevin Greeson, 55.
And during the riot, Benjamin Phillips, 50, died of a stroke. There is no evidence that he engaged in the crime.