The Captain of the United States Capitol Police, who responded to the congressional violence on January 6, provided a distressing first-hand account of her experience of fighting white supremacists and other pro-Trump elements.
At the first formal hearing on the security breach on January 6, when Captain Carneysha Mendoza told the senators in the Senate, in the chaos, the rioters almost broke his arm. She and her colleagues were poisoned to death. Many people were hit with blunt instruments and beaten to the ground.
Ms. Mendoza said: “Until today, the chemical burns on my face have not been cured.”
The captain of the USCP, a veteran of the U.S. Army, repeatedly referred to the January 6 riot as a “battle.”
She said: “We could have worked with us 10 times the number of people before, but I still believe that this battle is equally devastating.” This proves that it took several hours for the National Guard and supply personnel to make use of it. The officials were overwhelmed by the arrival of the police force.
The Senate is scheduled to hear testimony from four security officials on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, who oversaw the response to the congressional riots on January 6 as lawmakers searched for answers to questions before and during the attack.
The four panelists who testified before the Senate Rules and Homeland Security Committee were Acting Chief of Metropolitan Police Robert Condy, Arms’ former House Sheriff Paul Owen, and Arms Michael Stenger’s former Senate. Congressman, former Sheriff Steven Sand of the US Capitol.
Tuesday’s hearing is the first in a series of anticipated oversight work in Washington to identify the failure of intelligence collection that led to the January 6th Capitol security breach.
“This is certainly not the final hearing we will hold on this attack. Next week we will hear from witnesses from federal agencies such as the FBI, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense.” Senate Law Chairman Ai Said Amy Klobuchar.
But before the four panelists delivered their opening speeches, Ms. Klobuchar invited Ms. Mendoza to tell her story, which showed the level of violence in the mob attack.
At about 1:30 pm on January 6, when she received a call from a colleague asking her to come early, the captain was having lunch at home with her 10-year-old son. She was originally scheduled to start a 16-hour shift at 3 pm.
She said: “I did give up everything in order to respond to work earlier in the day.”
During her 15-minute walk to work, the dispatcher informed her that there were six active scenes, including multiple confrontations outside the Capitol and explosive devices found outside the nearby Democratic and Republican National Committee buildings.
Ms. Mendoza decided that she would provide assistance at the site of the DNC bomb explosion because it was the bomb site closest to her current location. But when she heard on the radio that an eavesdropping officer asked for “immediate” assistance, she hurriedly crossed the DNC and reached the legislature.
When she rushed through the crowds in the East Square and entered the building with the help of another police officer, dozens of rioters had broken through the rotunda on the first floor where the iconic Capitol dome is located.
She hopes to be consistent with other officials to prevent other rioters from “deeping into the building” through the corridor.
She testified on Tuesday: “At some point, my right arm was caught between the rioters and the railing along the wall.”
A sergeant pulled his arm away from the heavy weight.
Ms. Mendoza said: “If it doesn’t, I’m sure it will be broken.”
The rioters eventually overwhelmed Ms. Mendoza’s line of defense and dispatched personnel to other parts of the building to prevent further invasion.
She said that when she went to the rotunda, she found “smoky residue” and smelled what she thought was military-grade tear gas. “It smelled very familiar.”
The mist mixed with tear gas and the foamy white fire extinguisher spray rioters spread out, creating a harmful mist that made dozens of people in the round building feel suffocated and burning. At that time, Ms. Mendoza felt chemical burns to her face.
The rotunda is a full-scale battle between the rioters and the police.
She said: “I witnessed the officer being knocked to the ground and beating various objects thrown by the mob,” although she never determined what these objects were.
As the captain, Ms. Mendoza “presumably commanded” the on-site personnel and asked for support.
After “a few hours”, the officer successfully cleared the mob of the rotunda.
However, as the violent rioters still knocked on the door from outside and tried to get in, the police had to support themselves on the door for a few more minutes.
“The officials begged me to breathe a sigh of relief because they were not sure how long they could physically close the door because the crowd kept beating outside the door trying to re-enter. In the end, the officials were able to secure the door with furniture and other objects,” Mendo Ms. Sa said.
Although lawmakers and the media widely reported that the attack lasted about three hours, Ms. Mendoza only noticed at the time that her Fitbit showed that she had been in the “sports zone” for four hours and nine minutes.
“As an American, as a veteran of the military, it is sad to see us attacked our compatriots. I am sad to see the unnecessary loss of life. I am sad to see the impact, which is already in the Congress police. . I am sad to see the impact, which has on our institution and our country,” Ms. Mendoza said.
To date, more than 250 people have been charged for their role in Congressional riots. Donald Trump was impeached for inciting bloody riots, and five of them were killed. The Senate guilty of him by 57 votes to 43, and seven Republicans voted with all 50 Democrats and independents who contributed to democracy. The result was 10 votes lower than the two-thirds threshold for conviction, which would disqualify Trump from holding future positions.