Police Captain Carneysha Mendoza revealed some of the harrowing details from January 6th which has put into perspective just how bad that night really was...
Now, the events from January 6th still haunt us to this day.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
As a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...
via: GettyBreaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
via: GettyAnd photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
via: GettyAnd the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
The former president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.
He instead issued a series of half-hearted tweets...
via: GettyWhere he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Trump's behavior resulted in him being banned from all social media platforms...
And, as control was regained in the Capitol and the cleanup began, an impeachment investigation was launched into the former president for the role he played in the riots. He was acquitted yet again for his actions.
It's been an unbelievable past month...
And, as the weeks have trickled by, more and more rioters have been named, shamed, and reprimanded for their actions.
New security footage from inside the Capitol during the attack was presented at Trump's impeachment trial...
And it was nothing short of harrowing.
A senior aide said of the never-before-seen security footage:
House managers will show new Capitol security footage today. "We will be using footage never seen before that shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary and a view of the attack that has never been public before. You will see for the first time," a senior aide says.— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 10, 2021
"We will be using footage never seen before that shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary and a view of the attack that has never been public before. You will see for the first time."
Senators also reacted to the surfaced footage.
Senators on both sides of the aisle were visibly affected by what they saw:
"It was really horrifying what happened. You know, I think the House team really put forth a very strong connecting of the dots. I don't see how you can watch any of this and listen to their presentation and not conclude that Trump bears tremendous responsibility for what happened," Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, told reporters.
Police officers and first responders have lined up to give their testimony's against the frightful events that unfolded in January.
With particular emphasis on each person's personal traumas.
Captain Carneysha Mendoza told senators what she had endured that day...
Including being beaten to the ground and repeatedly gassed. She and other first responders from the department were subjected to horrific levels of abuse by Trump supporters.
And of course, people were left feeling angry...
A panel listened on as Captain Mendoza said this:
"I received chemical burns to my face that still have not healed to this day."
She continued, referring to the event as a "battle."
"We could have had 10-times the number of people working with us, and I still believe the battle would have been just as devastating," she said, referring to the fact that the National Guard took hours to arrive on the scene to help exhausted officers.
Captain Mendoza, who is also a former veteran of the US Army, said she was called in early that day.
"I literally dropped everything to respond to work that day early," she said. A dispatch officer had been informing her on the way to work that there were several disturbances outside the Capitol building which included dangerous explosive devices.
After her testimony, Senate Rules Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar assured everyone that this would not be the last hearing.
"This is certainly not the last hearing that we will have regarding this attack. Next week we will hear from witnesses from federal agencies including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense."
Let's just hope something like this never happens again.
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