At the House Select Committee to Investigate the Attack on the United States Capitol hearing on Jan. 6, lawmakers on the panel will hear from four police officers who were inside the Capitol that day, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building, five dead and left a trail of destruction.
The officers are:
- Harry Dunn, First Class Private, United States Capitol Police
- Aquilino Gonell, Sergeant, United States Capitol Police Department
- Michael Fanone, Officer, Metropolitan Police Department
- Daniel Hodges, Officer, Metropolitan Police Department
Dunn is the only black officer to appear before the commission, and he is candid about how he and his fellow black agents were treated that day.
“I was immediately called the n-word,” Dunn told The Washington Post. “At the time my mind couldn’t handle being attacked because of my race.”
Private First Class Harry Dunn, US Capitol Police
Dunn has been attacked by some on the right, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson who claimed, without evidence, that Dunn is “an angry, left-wing political activist.”
“Dunn will pretend to speak on behalf of the country’s law enforcement officers, but it turns out Dunn has little in common with the average cop,” Carlson said on his show last week.
Dunn’s lawyers fired back.
“Fox News allowed host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement, to criticize the heroism and service of African-American Capitol police officer Harry Dunn,” attorneys David Laufman and Mark said. Zaid.
“Our client served 13 years in law enforcement and fought against an insurgent violent mob on Jan. 6, 2021 — many of them Carlson’s supporters no doubt — to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence,” they said. wrote.
Agent Aquilino Gonell was attacked with a flagpole and chemical spray on the day of the riots. He also had his hand cut open.
He told CNN that he thought he was going to die.
US Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell
“They called us traitors. They defeated us. They dragged us along,’ he said. And I could hear them, ‘We’re going to shoot you. We’re going to kill you. You choose your salary over the country. You are a disgrace. You are a traitor.”
He viewed footage from that day to help the FBI identify rioters. He told The Post that he is seeing a therapist to help with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Gonell emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States at age 12, eventually enlisted in the Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. He joined the Capitol Police Department in 2008.
From that day on, Michael Fanone had become the most outspoken police officer.
He was beaten with a flagpole and tasered repeatedly with his own taser. Rioters stole his badge and reached for his pistol. When they told them to “kill him with his own gun,” Fanone told them, “I have children,” according to footage from that day.
DC Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone
He suffered a mild heart attack as a result of the attack.
In the days following the riots, he sought to meet with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and expressed disappointment with the leader after it was over, saying McCarthy turned down his request to publicly rebuke Republican lawmakers who brought down what was happening. happened on January 6
“I specifically asked him for a commitment to expose that publicly. And he said he would discuss it on a personal level, with some of those members. But again, I think as the leader of the House Republican, or I’m sorry, as the leader of the House Republican Party, it’s important to hear these allegations publicly,” he said.
“This experience is not something I enjoy for me,” he said of a meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “I don’t want to be here on Capitol Hill – I want to be with my daughters. But I see this as an extension of my service on January 6.’
Daniel Hodges was crushed into a doorway between a massive crowd of rioters and the police line on Jan. 6, writhing and screaming in pain.
DC Metro Police Agent Daniel Hodges on the day of the riot re
The video of his fight shows one of the rioters grabbing Hodges’ helmet and trying to rip it off.
He had no broken bones or internal bleeding, but said he walked like a 90-year-old man for a week.
“I had conspiracy theorists and everyone you could think of yelling at me and saying, ‘Why are you doing this, you’re the traitor,'” he said of that day. ‘We are not the traitors. We are the ones who saved Congress that day, and we will do it as many times as necessary.”