Capitol police officer tells 6 January hearing he feared he would die

Policeman tells 6 January hearing he feared he would die
The scene on 6 January was described as a "medieval battlefield". Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A police officer who defended the US Capitol during a riot on 6 January has said he feared he would be died by the mob.

Aquilino Gonell was tearful when he was describing the incidents.

“This is how I’m going to die,” the officer told a Congressional committee as an inquiry opened into the Capitol attack.

Harry Dunn, another black police officer, said he was racially abused.

At least 535 rioters have been arrested since the attack that left 5 dead, including one Capitol police officer, and prosecutors have so far secured only a few convictions.

The assault led to the political impeachment and acquittal of the then-president Donald Trump, who was accused by lawmakers of inciting the riot – a claim he has repeatedly denied.

The inquiry in the House Select committee – – which has powers to summon witnesses – is being conducted almost entirely by Democratic lawmakers, after most Republicans boycotted the proceedings.

However, two Republicans – Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney – have broken ranks to join the investigation.

As the hearing began on Tuesday, Ms Cheney said: “If those responsible are not held accountable… this will remain a cancer on our constitutional republic.”

The nine-member select committee was formed after Republicans raised objections to an independent commission such as the one that investigated the 11 September 2001 attacks.

The panel is expected to investigate the circumstances leading up to the riot and why law enforcement bodies were ill-prepared.

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