Sobering Testimony from Police Officers Launches House Committee Investigation of January 6 Insurrection

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: (L-R) U.S. Capitol Police officer Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges and U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn are sworn-in before testifying before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Members of law enforcement testified about the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the U.S. Capitol. According to authorities, about 140 police officers were injured when they were trampled, had objects thrown at them, and sprayed with chemical irritants during the insurrection. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Four police officers who were on the scene January 6th as insurrectionists breached the U.S. Capitol gave emotional testimony on Tuesday  about the physical, verbal --and in some cases racist -- abuse they endured. Meanwhile, Congressional Republican leadership continues to downplay the insurrection, a fact that one officer testifying yesterday called “disgraceful.” We get your reaction to the first major hearing of the House select committee investigating the deadly Capitol attack.


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