The horrific testimony of officers attacked during the Capitol riot

The House committee must unravel the events of January 6
Shocking testimony from police officers
Police were overtaken by protestors
Beaten, blinded, and fearing for their lives
Punched and kicked by the violent mob
Violently attacked with the American flag
Like members of a cult
Traumatized
Being attacked by those they put their lives at risk to protect
Rioters physically and verbally abused officers
Stories of racial abuse
Responsible for uncovering the truth
Going public
Who is legally responsible?
The House committee must unravel the events of January 6

The January 6 House committee is in charge of investigating the events that led up to and occurred during the Capitol riot.

Shocking testimony from police officers

The committee has only held one public hearing, and it featured the shocking testimony of the police officers defending the Capitol the day MAGA rioters overtook it.

 

Police were overtaken by protestors

Both Capitol Police and DC Metropolitan Police officers shared their experiences during the riot at the hearing which was held in July of 2021.

Beaten, blinded, and fearing for their lives

During the hearing they described being beaten, blinded by lasers, sprayed with chemical irritants, and fearing for their lives during the attack.

Punched and kicked by the violent mob

Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell (pictured) said, "The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating," he said. "My fellow officers and I were punched, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers by a violent mob."

 

 

 

Violently attacked with the American flag

Sgt. Aquilino Gonell continued,  "I was particularly shocked at seeing the insurrectionists violently attack us with the very American flag that they claimed they sought to protect."

Like members of a cult

DC Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges (pictured) could only describe his fellow countrymen as "terrorists" and like members of a "cult."

"Terrorists pushed through the line..."

Given the violent nature of his attackers, it is not surprising: "Terrorists pushed through the line and engaged us in hand-to-hand combat. ... One latched onto my face and got his thumb in my right eye, attempting to gouge it out. I cried out in pain and managed to shake him off."

Traumatized

Officer Hodges fellow DC Metropolitan force member Officer Michael Fanone (pictured) said he can still remember the mob chanting he should be killed.

"Kill him with his own gun."

Fanone testified, "I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm as I heard chants of 'Kill him with his own gun.' I can still hear those words in my head today."

Being attacked by those they put their lives at risk to protect

Officer Fanone also said, "What makes the struggle harder and more painful is to know so many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people I put my life at risk to defend, are downplaying or outright denying what happened."

Rioters physically and verbally abused officers

Unsurprisingly, the mob attacking the Capitol held no qualms about verbally abusing black police officers attempting to protect the premises during the raid.

Stories of racial abuse

Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn (pictured) , testified, "In the days following the attempted insurrection, other Black officers shared with me their own stories of racial abuse on January 6."

Responsible for uncovering the truth

Five teams on the Jan. 6 House committee are responsible for the investigation of all that occurred on the day of the riot.

Going public

In addition, they will look into the events that caused the riot to happen. As we roll into 2022, the committee hopes to make more of its findings public and hold hearings to clarify the event of January 6, 2021.

Who is legally responsible?

The House committee must also decide who is legally responsible for the riot, which resulted in the death of five individuals and four officers who were so traumatized they took their own lives following the riot.

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