Police officer at Capitol riot hearing said: “Hitman” sent rioters
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
The words got out of the tongue of the United States Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn so easily, but it always turned out to be as astonishing an indictment as any ever launched against former President Donald Trump. .
“There was an attack on January 6 and a hit man sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of this, ”Dunn said as the gallery gasped and he and other officers wiped away their tears.
The moving testimony came during the U.S. House of Representatives’ Jan.6 inquiry into the Capitol Riots.
The committee, formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) To investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, began hearings on Tuesday, July 27. Dunn and three other officers highlighted the hearings by describing how they fought to defend the Capitol and members of Congress.
With new video footage of the riot released during the hearing, officers explained how they were beaten and shoved as Trump supporters stormed the building. “At no time that day did I think about the politics of that crowd; even the things that were being said did not resonate in the midst of this chaos, ”DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone told the congressional panel.
“But what resonated was the fact that thousands of Americans were attacking police officers who were just doing their job,” Fanone said.
He added his firm belief that government officials incited the riot.
“Looking back, thinking about these events, the things that were said, these are shameful members of our government, I think they were responsible for instigating this behavior and continued to propagate these statements, things like this, it was 1776, or that the policemen who fought, risked their lives in some who gave theirs were wearing red coats, ”Fanone said.
“To me, these individuals are representative of the worst America has to offer.”
Daniel Hodges, another DC police officer, used the law to explain why he calls rioters terrorists.
“US Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 1.1.3, B as Brown, Section 126.96.36.199,” Hodges explained. “The term domestic terrorism refers to activities involving acts dangerous to human life which constitute a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state and B, appeared to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, or to ‘influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
Dunn, who is black, told the panel that the rioters used racist slurs when they approached him.
Dunn added that he had met belligerent individuals before, but none like the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol.
“The only difference I see… they had marching orders,” Dunn remarked.
He noted that one of the most frightening episodes during the riot – and today – are the suspects who believe they have the right to carry out the attack.
“When people feel emboldened by those in power, they assume they are right,” Dunn continued. “And that makes for a frightening recipe for the future of this county. I think that’s why it’s important that you all take this committee seriously and know why it happened and never happens again.
While no further hearings are scheduled, U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the committee, said more could take place next month.
“We now have a body of evidence that we will look at. We are in the process of putting that in place, ”said Rep. Thompson. “I have warned some members that they will not be taking advantage of the full August recess, but we will give them time to work in their district. Then in theory we could come back before the end of August.