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A group of key law enforcement figures involved in the response to the insurrection at the Capitol testified on Tuesday as the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees held the first hearing about the lapses in security that led to the deadly rioting last month.
While each of them shared their personal perspectives about the law enforcement failures that contributed to the Capitol riots, Capitol Police Capt. Carneysha Mendoza‘s harrowing testimony recalling the horrors she experienced during the insurrection seemed to resonate heavily.
Capt. Carneysha Mendoza testifies about protecting the #Capitol on January 6:
— 🐰 (@KarlieVoisin) February 23, 2021
The U.S. military veteran and mother offered testimony beginning with the moment she was notified that she would need to report to work early to help respond to the riots to when she spent her birthday grieving with colleagues over the death of a fellow Capitol Police officer. In between those two bookends to the Capitol riots, Mendoza shared her experience entering the Capitol amid a sea of far-right extremists and being affected by their weapons of war.
Scheduled to work the night shift on Jan. 6, Mendoza testified that a fellow Capitol Police Captain called early in the afternoon to tell her “things were bad” and her assistance was required.
Mendoza testified that she was used to dealing with “white supremacists” like the ones she encountered on Jan. 6 because she had worked the so-called Million MAGA March in December. However, conditions on Jan. 6 were decidedly different from the Million MAGA March because it was indoors, where the “military grade CS gas” was being used by the rioters.
Capitol Police Capt. Carneysha Mendoza, who worked on recovery efforts for the 9/11 Pentagon attack, speaks at Capitol riot hearing: “There are certain lessons that always stuck with me after 9/11. One of those lessons is knowing the unthinkable is always possible — so be ready” pic.twitter.com/fC573uDlca
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 23, 2021
“Officers received a lot of gas exposure, which is a lot worse inside the building versus outside, because there’s nowhere for it to go,” Mendoza testified. “I received chemical burns to my face that still have not healed to this day.”
She continued: “I witnessed officers being knocked to the ground and hit with various objects that were thrown by rioters.”
Mendoza said by her estimations, the entire ordeal lasted for more than four hours.
She said she spent the early hours of her birthday on Jan. 8 in the hospital with the family of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from the injuries he sustained during the attempted coup.
Mendoza suggested that even with more help from law enforcement, she was doubtful anything would have changed.
“Of the multitude of events I’ve worked in my nearly 19-year career on the Department, this was by far the worst of the worst,” Mendoza said. “We could have had 10 times the amount of people working with us and I still believe this battle would have been just as devastating.”
Hearing Capt. Carneysha Mendoza say that rioters deployed a military-grade CS gas during the insurrection puts this harrowing detail from Jan. 6th in new light: https://t.co/eEwnOb7Npb
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 23, 2021
Mendoza ended her testimony on a somber yet optimistic note.
“As an American and an Army veteran, it’s sad to see us attacked by our fellow citizens,” Mendoza said before adding later: “Although things are still raw, and moving forward will be a difficult process, I look forward to healing and moving forward together as an agency and as a country.”
Se also made sure to recognize former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s “hard work and dedication,” undermining the narrative that placed a disproportionate amount of blame on him for the attempted coup.
Read Mendoza’s full testimony by clicking here.
Meltdowns And Arrests: Violent White People Shocked At Being Held Accountable Over Attack On Capitol Hill
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In the days following, a growing number of members of the mob have met their consequences, detained and arrested over the complicit participation in one of the most shocking displays of treasonous cowardice in American history.
Social media users are composing detailed threads that show videos of certain mob members being promptly escorted straight to jail.
If any of you see a video of a maga terrorist not being allowed to fly, being arrested, flipping out or being inconvenienced win any way, shape, or form, please please tag me
I can’t get enough of it
— Alexis Guerreros (@NotAlexis) January 11, 2021
Thread I'll try to keep uypdated.
— Thomas Lance (@repools) January 11, 2021
Federal law enforcement officials are bringing forth charges and actively searching for those who can be identified using social media videos and have also launched a murder probe into the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher. He suffered cardiac arrest in his last moments and was possibly exposed to a chemical agent, according to Fox 5 DC. A second officer committed suicide in the wake of the attacks.
According to a recently published story in the Associated Press, at least 90 people have been arrested from the violent mob comprised of mostly white supremacists and nationalists. The group assembled in Washington to contest the Electoral College vote, which weeks earlier proclaimed Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Their intent was to invoke violence and even death in the name of their leader Trump, who urged them to march to the Capitol.
The pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol calling for “the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence,” the new target of Trump’s rage before his social media accounts were shuttered. AP reporters also uncovered death threat warnings issued towards Speaker Pelosi and urges to mask their appearances by using Blackface, issuing wrongly worded elements of a sacred Muslim prayer.
— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) January 11, 2021
Police also recovered pipe bombs, assault rifles and ammunition in close proximity to the Capitol.
But it goes without saying that true confusion relayed over the officer’s capability in using restraint in terms of the mob, the same group of people who override the call of the Black Lives Matter movement with “Blue Likes Matter,” or “All Lives Matter.”” data-prev-gallery=”” data-next-gallery=”https://newsone.com/playlist/newsone-snapshot-of-the-day/” data-count=”18″ data-gallery-url=”” data-gallery-id=”1149500″ data-categories=”News” data-tags=”Arrest,Capitol attack,Donald Trump,mob,Newsletter,no fly list,Racism,U.S. Capitol,White Nationalists,white privilege,white supreamcists” data-author=”cfraziernewsone”>
1. Riley Williams
NBC News: The FBI has charged Riley Williams with her role in the Capitol riot.
The FBI says she told a former partner that she intended to take a laptop / hard drive stolen from Pelosi’s office, ship it to Russia, where a friend would turn it over to the SVR — Russian intel. pic.twitter.com/OFW5LuABr2
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) January 18, 2021
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2. Larry Rendall Brock Jr., retired Air Force officer
Retired US Air Force officer who stormed the Capitol.
“He means to take hostages. He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government,” the Assistant US Attorney said.
Judge releases him to home confinement.https://t.co/YC3bxBbzut
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 15, 2021
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3. Christine Priola, former school therapist
ARRESTED: Christine Priola, a school therapist who stormed the Capitol & got to @VP’s chair. She quit her job the day after the riot saying: I will be switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking & pedophilia, including in our govt & children’s services agencies pic.twitter.com/kYTsETVVWX
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 14, 2021
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4. Kevin and Hunter Seefried
A man who carried a Confederate flag inside the Capitol last week during the riot was arrested on Thursday. Kevin Seefried was wanted by the FBI, which had sought help from the public to identify him and had widely circulated a dispatch with his photo. https://t.co/d6otE8GnXA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 14, 2021
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5. Robert Sanford, retired firefighter
“Robert Sanford of Chester, Pa., faces three federal felony charges including assaulting a police officer after he was allegedly identified as the person who lobbed a fire extinguisher on the west side of the Capitol, at around 2:30 pm…”https://t.co/30WFdH2MVy pic.twitter.com/qA3UwSBc98
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 14, 2021
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6. Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, North Carolina police officers
*2 off-duty Virginia police officers arrested for roles in Capitol riot.
*Officers Jacob Fracker & Thomas Robertson are members of Rocky Mount Police Dept.
*Both charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct & knowingly entering a restricted building.https://t.co/VwzWll06Pw pic.twitter.com/neE4ieJJ6g
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 14, 2021
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7. Nick Ochs, Proud Boys Leader
Hawaii Proud Boys leader Nich Ochs was set free on a “signature bond,” meaning he did not have to put up any money for release https://t.co/4igPwEi6xB
— KITV4 (@KITV4) January 12, 2021
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8. Aaron Mostofsky, son of Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge
BREAKING: Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a NY Supreme Court judge was arrested in Midwood Brooklyn on Tuesday morning for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot. pic.twitter.com/MweFpdvLkX
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) January 12, 2021
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9. Richard Barnett
From his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk to an Arkansas jail. Here’s a mug shot of Richard Barnett, who was arrested this morning and is now facing federal charges pic.twitter.com/rpSJ3BvyAm
— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) January 8, 2021
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10. Adam Johnson
The giddy Florida man caught on camera carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s podium during the U.S. Capitol rioting isn’t laughing anymore.
Adam Johnson, 36, was taken into custody and held on a warrant. Online records indicate he was held without bail.https://t.co/IrLBr0g96N
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 9, 2021
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12. Doug Jensen, mason worker
Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
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Capitol Police Capt. Carneysha Mendoza Recalls Insurrection Horrors: ‘Things Are Still Raw’
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