Cooney was cross-examined briefly by other defense attorneys, including those for Henry Tarrio and Dominic Pezzola.
Tarrio’s attorney Nayib Hassan asked Cooney if she was listening to police radio transmissions from Ellipse on Jan. 6 while former President Donald Trump delivered his speech.
She didn’t have access to those transmissions, she testified, and she didn’t know what Trump was saying.
She told Hassan she moved from the east side of the Capitol to the west side of the Capitol around 12:53 p.m. on Jan. 6, She wasn’t aware of the precise timing, however, until she prepared for her testimony with prosecutors handling this case.
Hassan attempted to enter a hypothetical, suggesting that if Trump’s speech had ended at 12:16 p.m., she wouldn’t have known it.
Prosecutors objected and the judge sustained it. In fact, Trump’s speech ended closer to 1 p.m.
Cooney didn’t use pepper spray on protesters on Jan. 6 nor did she use pepper balls on protesters. She’s not trained to use them at all, in fact.
Defense attorney Roger Roots, for Dominic Pezzola, asked Cooney if she knew whether it was a violation of the USCP use of force policy to fire pepper balls in the faces of protesters?
Cooney said it was an area she understood officers were not supposed to target.
Under redirect by prosecutor Conor Mulroe, Mulroe refocused the jurors' attention to earlier testimony about the moment the crowd seemed to shift from angry but manageable to a full-on riot.