A group numbering 13 or 14 protesters trailed by four protest observers, some in the bright green hats often worn by trained First Amendment legal observers when monitoring police-protester interactions, walked up Carlson's street just after dark on Wednesday.
One of the protesters knocked firmly on Carlson's front door three times then trotted back down the steps to join the rest of the group in the street. This person did not throw their body against the door, as Carlson has claimed to newspapers. A police report on the incident makes no mention of damage to the Carlsons' front door from the three stiff knocks, contradicting Carlson's claim that the demonstrators had cracked the door.
Another protester read a brief statement through an amplifying device, then led the group in a series of chants against Carlson's habitual promotion of white supremacist ideology and xenophobia on his Fox News program. Some of the chants included the refrain "we know where you sleep at night." At multiple points, a chant broke down despite the rhythm-track efforts of a protester with a tambourine.
Video posted on LiveLeak shows portions of the event, which lasted less than 10 minutes. It also illustrates Carlson's other embellishment -- that one person was caught on a security video saying they wanted to return to his home with a pipe bomb. In fact, the person filming is heard saying "Pipe bombs! Synagogue victims!" as the speaker with the amplifying device wraps up their initial statement and begins to lead chants.... There is no mention of the phrase "pipe bombs" in the police report later filed.
A few minutes later, one member of the group mounted the steps again and leaned a poster board sign on the Carlsons' front door before rejoining the group. The sign had Carlson's name and address on it.... A handful of cars passed in either direction, most without stopping. One woman stopped to sarcastically congratulate the group on their tactics, then drove along.
"We'll be back! We won't tell you when!" the group chanted as it moved away from the house. Those carrying signs left them in the front yard bushes and other benign locations on the front of the property as they went.
One straggler from the group then stopped, put a backpack on the ground, and retrieved a can of spray paint from it. As that straggler began to graffiti the anarchist A symbol on the Carlsons' driveway, at least two members of the group walking away expressed dismay with their fellow traveler. "I didn't sign up for this," said one. "Seriously, what the ----," said another. A Metropolitan Police Department squad car rolled up the street from the south as the tagger, clad in black and face not visible, finished up the symbol.
The first responding officers briefly interacted with the slowly departing protesters, then doubled back to the house to check on the occupants. The group proceeded back down the winding, hilly street alone, at the slow pace required by the two in their number who were leaning on canes as they walked. I followed in a car.