In July, officers who defended the Capitol during the riot told a congressional committee that they had been beaten and suffered racial violence. One of them said he lost consciousness and suffered a heart attack. Another, an Iraq war veteran, compared the scene to a “medieval battlefield”.
He said police had stopped around 38,000 cars on their way to the city center and handed over 260 violation notices to people across the state suspected of breaking lockdown rules. He called the protesters’ actions “deplorable,” saying the police response was not aimed at stopping free speech but stopping the spread of the coronavirus.