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Four police officers who reacted to the lethal Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol are delivering testimony Tuesday to the House choose committee examining the melee.
Their remarks will be the very first heard in front of the new, Democratic-led panel.
The 4 officers are:
- Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell of the U.S. Capitol Police;
- and Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department.
Dunn, who is Black and explains himself on his Twitter profile as an “insurrection stopper,” has actually spoken freely about his experience in attempting to reduce the violent, and sometimes racist, mob.
“Tomorrow I’ll be testifying before congress, and while I don’t think I’m nervous, I am definitely anxious,” Dunn composed in a Monday tweet, asking for that his fans see the broadcast and send him “good vibes” ahead of his statement.
Also set up to affirm is Sgt. Gonell, who was among lots of officers physically hurt throughout the pro-Trump riot. (One officer died of natural causes after the attack, and 2 others have actually passed away by suicide.)
According to the Washington Post, the 42-year-old has remaining physical problems triggered by the attack, in addition to psychological injuries connected with that day.
“I can be fine now and see or hear something and next thing I get tears and get emotional,” Gonell informed the paper.
The committee was developed late last month, mainly along celebration lines, after Republicans obstructed an effort to produce an independent bipartisan commission along the lines of the 9/11 commission.
Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson will chair the House choose panel, together with 6 extra Democrats and 2 Republicans. The choice procedure for the committee has actually been soaked in political spats, culminating in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi taking the extreme action of obstructing two Republican nominees from serving on the panel.
Pelosi ultimately carefully picked the 2 Republicans, Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Wyoming’s Liz Cheney, to serve on the nine-person committee.
During Tuesday’s hearing, legislators are likewise speaking with Fanone of the Metropolitan Police Department.
“I remember guys chanting, ‘Kill him with his own gun,’ ” Fanone, a 19-year veteran of his depar