The law enforcement officials who acted swiftly to defend the U.S. Capitol building during the January 6th riots are being heralded as heroes — and for good reason.
As hundreds of people broke through security barricades last Wednesday, seeking to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, only a couple of dozen law enforcement officials stood in the way.
“It was just chaos, pure chaos,” said Officer Christina Laury, a six-year veteran of the force, NBC Washington reports.
“I remember people swinging metal poles at us,” she said. “They were pushing and shoving. They were spraying us with bear mace and pepper spray.”
Officer Mike Fanone, who was injured during the invasion, said: “I got grabbed by rioters, kind of pulled out from the threshold, separated from the other officers. I’m now assaulted from all sides. I was struck with a taser a number of times.”
“Ironically, I was being beaten with a thin blue line flag,” he added.
“Guys were, like, grabbing at my gear,” Fanone continued, as NBC reports. “I had my badge ripped off, my radio was ripped off, one of my ammunition magazines was stripped from my belt. And guys were trying to take my gun and chanting, ‘Kill him with his own gun.’”
Shortly after the events of that day, D.C. Chief of Police Robert Contee said those who defended the Capitol “have a heroic story, and I think the world really needs to know.”
“Our democracy was under attack, and these members, in part, were responsible for restoring democracy in our country,” he added.
D.C. Police Officer Daniel Hodges was another one of those heroes and he has a similar story.
“They were calling us traitors, shouting at us, telling us to remember our oath, and eventually, they attacked us,” Hodges said via the report.
Hodges was filmed during the incident, being pinned to a hallway door as people sought to enter. The clip later went viral.
“At that moment in the hallway where I was pinned, I was there to do my best to keep them out, obviously, and the way I was doing that was with my body,” he continued. “Unfortunately, at that moment, my arms were pinned. I was unable to defend myself.”
Hodges ultimately said he was glad to have been able to defend the Capitol and that he would have done it for free.
“If it wasn’t my job, I would have done that for free,” Hodges said.
Watch his comments below:
D.C. Police Officer Daniel Hodges’ bravery has gone viral with a video of him being crushed against a door during the U.S. Capitol riot.
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) January 15, 2021