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Hearing on US Capitol insurrection opens as police detail violence, injuries

Insurrectionist supporters of then US president Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Insurrectionist supporters of then US president Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection opens its first hearing with a focus on the law enforcement officers who were attacked and beaten as the rioters broke into the building — an effort to put a human face on the violence of the day.

The police officers who are scheduled to testify endured some of the worst of the brutality. They were punched, trampled, crushed and sprayed with chemical irritants. They were called racial slurs and threatened with their own weapons as the mob of then-president Donald Trump’s supporters overwhelmed them, broke through windows and doors and interrupted the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win.

“We’re going to tell this story from the beginning,” says Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat who sits on the new House panel that is investigating the attack. “The moral center of gravity is these officers who put their lives on the line for us.”

Testifying will be Capitol Police officers Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell and Metropolitan Police officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges.

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