Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, is next. I began by honoring all who defended and worked on the Capitol on January 6.
“You saved the day, you saved the constitution, before you ask Sergeant Johniel about his experience in combat that day.
He is “apologizing for being angry” in connection with going to his “home,” Donald Trump’s residence, and displaying such “loving” behavior as the former president alleges the rioters showed to Capitol Police. These are, of course, hard times.
It details the close combat with those trying to enter the Capitol, as the cops outnumbered the cops and struggled, “trampled in the middle” of the crowd.
Lofgren shows a video of such struggles between the surging crowd and riot police with shields in and out of the video. It’s chaotic and painful, and you can hear screams and cheers. Officer Hodges is watching intently. Officer Fanon also watches with raised eyebrows.
“It was almost all body cam footage,” Lofgren says.
Fanon details his experiences on January 6, beginning in the crypt of the Capitol. He talks about discussing the situation with a fellow “Blind Mace Bear”.
“They’ve been fighting since 1:00 in the afternoon. “It was three o’clock. These guys have been fighting for two hours, uncomfortable.”
He describes seeing CS gas and realizing he doesn’t have his mask on. One commander describes him as “a bit like George Patton,” and how he realized the gravity of the situation.
“These guys look like they’ve been beaten to hellSays the metropolitan officer, when he tried to provide assistance to the Capitol Police. He described the rioters as terrorists wearing political slogans and military uniforms. When he told the rioters that some officers had been injured, he said, he “pissed them off” and the increase began to appear on camera footage of his body.
“I think they would have trampled us to death,” He says, did they succeed in breaking the police line.
The room is killer quiet.