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Police officers recount horrors from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

Sports & GeneralJul 27, 2021 11:19AM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. Capitol Police sergeant Aquilino Gonell; Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges, and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn are sworn in to testify during the opening hearing of the U.S. House (Select)

By Richard Cowan and Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four police officers who faced attacks and racial slurs as they defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 from a riot by then-President Donald Trump's supporters were the first on Tuesday to testify before a U.S. House of Representatives investigatory committee.

It was the first hearing before the nine-member panel comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans.

Below are some quotes from Tuesday's hearing.

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BENNIE THOMPSON

"Some people are trying to deny what happened. To whitewash it. ... Let’s be clear. The rioters who tried to rob us of our democracy were propelled here by a lie."

REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE LIZ CHENEY

"If those responsible are not held accountable, and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our constitutional republic."

U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER AQUILINO GONELL

"The rioters called me a 'traitor,' a 'disgrace,' and shouted that I (an Army veteran and police officer) should be 'executed.'

"... What we were subjected to that day was like something from a medieval battlefield. We fought hand-to-hand and inch-by-inch to prevent an invasion of the Capitol by a violent mob intent on subverting our democratic process.

"... After order finally had been restored at the Capitol and after many exhausting hours, I arrived home at nearly 4 a.m. on January 7. I had to push away my wife from hugging me because of all the chemicals that covered my body," Gonell said, fighting back tears. "I couldn’t sleep because the chemicals reactivated after I took a shower, and my skin was still burning."

"... As an immigrant to the United States, I am especially proud to have defended the U.S. Constitution and our democracy on Jan. 6."

METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL FANONE

"I was grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country. I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm.

"... I was electrocuted again and again and again with a taser. I'm sure I was screaming but I don't think I could hear even my own voice.

"... The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful," Fanone said, raising his voice and pounding the table.

Police officers recount horrors from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol
 

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Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Jul 27, 2021 2:50PM ET
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All of a sudden democrats like police officers lmfao...we have traitors running the government.
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Jul 27, 2021 2:47PM ET
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"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jul 27, 2021 1:28PM ET
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The Packyderms are gone but the piles remain.
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Jul 27, 2021 1:06PM ET
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Great show.  Up Next: Jerome Powell testifies "We at the Fed were terrified the rioters might move down the street and break into the Treasury and vandalize the printing presses !"
Jody Darden
Jody Darden Jul 27, 2021 12:28PM ET
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News flash, they let them in the doors. Those doors have HUGE magnetic locks controlled from a room inside the building. They literally let them in. They broke a window, heavily UNARMED, by now everyone knows it’s being blown out of porportion to make the billions of damage caused by BLM and Antifa and the stringnof hundreds of deaths that followed in their name by their hands just because half the country has some sense.
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Jul 27, 2021 12:17PM ET
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Defended the US Capital from Tourists and killed an innocent women.
Ronaldo Santos
Ronaldo Santos Jul 27, 2021 12:13PM ET
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They are not allowing my 'tubs up' to any comment against thei narrative... Interesting!
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Jul 27, 2021 12:09PM ET
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No wonder ratings for the Olympics are down.  This is a much better show.  Great acting, tension, drama. Actors delivering their lines on cue.  "[Oh] The horror.  The horror." But where's the ***glove ?!?
Frederick Chotsky
Chotsky Jul 27, 2021 11:51AM ET
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Colonel Kurtz was quoted as testifying, "The horror, the horror".
William Abernathy
William Abernathy Jul 27, 2021 11:44AM ET
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We had 3 months of riots last summer, multiple people injured, Billions in damage and almost no liberals care. no one held accountable. Let's have a committee investigate this.BTW, the people who broke into the capital building could have burned it to the ground and our government would still be intact. It's just a building in the strictness sense. It takes a military involvement to take down a government. That was not the case here.
Matt Novakovich
Matt Novakovich Jul 27, 2021 11:23AM ET
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cops were actors
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison Jul 27, 2021 11:20AM ET
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if blm did and burned it down it would be a peaceful protest.
Kwong To
Kwong To Jul 27, 2021 11:13AM ET
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This is chicken feed compared to the riots in HK.
Grab My Grape Sack
Grab My Grape Sack Jul 27, 2021 11:13AM ET
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your d is tiny compare to mine
Old Owl
Old Owl Jul 27, 2021 11:04AM ET
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I'm sure the experience of the officers in every major city riots happened in are very similar. oh I'm sorry, not riots, freedom gatherings and drum circles. Only knuckleheads in buffalo helmets riot. This world has slipped off the edge...
Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Jul 27, 2021 10:56AM ET
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And now what...
Ric Hoop
Ric Hoop Jul 27, 2021 10:50AM ET
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