Washington, D.C. Metropolitan police officers say they were beaten with batons, sprayed with bear mace, and threatened with flag poles as they fought to protect the Capitol from rioters on January 6.
“It was horrifying. It was despicable what I saw,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee in an interview with local media on Friday (January 15).
Officers, who had rushed to the scene to assist Capitol Police, said they struggled to stay afloat amid a torrent of tear gas and other agents being lobbed at them.
“It puts you out of service for at least 10 to 15 minutes until you can open your eyes again. Your eyes are sealed shut. So we’re losing officers,” Officer Christina Laury recalled.
Her colleague, Officer Mike Fanone, said he was “assaulted from all sides.”
At one point during the riot, Officer Daniel Hodges was captured on video bleeding from the mouth and crying for help as he was crushed in a doorway by the pro-Trump mob. Nevertheless, he said he was glad to be there to help defend the Capitol.
“It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection,” Hodges said.
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