Police officers’ testimony on the Capitol riot shows the Blue Lives Matter slogan is a scam

“This is how I’m going to die, defending this entrance.”

That’s what Capitol Police Officer Aquilino Gonell told the congressional panel investigating the violent Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters who tried to stop Joe Biden’s votes from being certified.

It was an ugly day for police officers. One of them, Brian Sicknick, died the day after helping to fight off the violent mob. Two more committed suicide in the weeks following the attack.

Then there was officer Michael Fanone. He testified yesterday, and he told the panel how he was beaten unconscious by the mob; how they tasered him repeatedly until he had a heart attack, how they talked about shooting him with his own gun.

D.C. police officer Daniel Hodges said he remembered screaming for help as rioters crushed him between two doors and injured his skull as they bashed him in the head with his own weapon.

There were tears and anger as the officers testified, but I don’t know if they were angrier than me. Because I know how Black Lives Matter protesters were treated when they came to the capital. And those Trump supporters were handled much differently than that.

But when I heard how Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn was addressed as he tried to protect members of Congress, I was furious. Because Dunn is Black, and when the crowd learned that he had not voted for Trump, they repeatedly called him the N-word. They treated him like his Black life didn’t matter.

Still, Dunn said something that will stick with me from this day forward. He said when a hitman kills someone, not only is the hitman arrested. The person who sent them is, too. So, if the crowd that stormed the capital is the hitman, we shouldn’t just be going after them. We should get the guy who sent them.
Photo: Tributes of Officer Sicknick By. Victoria Pickering
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