U.S.|‘They Got a Officer!’: How a Mob Dragged and Beat Police on the Capitol
Videos present pro-Trump rioters pulling three officers down a set of stairs throughout a violent try to breach the constructing.
By Evan Hill, Arielle Ray and Dahlia Kozlowsky
- Jan. 11, 2021, 5:36 p.m. ET
The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol constructing by a pro-Trump mob left a police officer and a rioter lifeless. More than 50 members of the U.S. Capitol Police have been injured, together with 15 who required hospitalization, most of them with head wounds, in keeping with Representative Tim Ryan, Democrat of Ohio.
Of all of the scenes of violence, one of the vital intense occurred throughout a battle to breach a west-side door, throughout which a number of rioters dragged cops out of a formation and assaulted them whereas they have been trapped within the crowd.
There was widespread hypothesis on social media that one of many officers was Brian Sicknick — the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died after being hit within the head by a rioter wielding a hearth extinguisher. But movies present the officers concerned on this incident have been members of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Here’s how the assault occurred.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the mob on the Capitol’s west aspect compelled its method via the ultimate, thinly-defended police barricades and reached the constructing’s partitions.
Hundreds of rioters swarmed towards a west-side doorway that’s historically used when presidents emerge for his or her inauguration ceremonies.
They surged into the doorway, and an hours-long combat to breach the Capitol started.
Not lengthy after the beginning of the battle, rioters have been captured on video pulling a Metropolitan Police officer down the steps.