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U.S. Capitol Police sergeant Aquilino Gonell wipes tears from his face prior to testifying before the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Defending an entrance to the U.S. Capitol from an armed mob of Trump supporters on Jan. 6, police officer Michael Fanone was dragged into the crowd, beaten unconscious and repeatedly shocked with a taser at the base of his skull. One man tried to take his gun and shoot him with it. He suffered both a heart attack and a concussion. As shocked as Mr. Fanone was by the violence of the attack, he was equally outraged by the subsequent efforts of members of Congress to minimize its severity or shift the blame away from former president Donald Trump. “So many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people I put my life at risk to defend, are downplaying or outright denying what happened,” he told a congressional committee Tuesday, as he pounded the table. ”Each officer recounted in searing detail the hours-long battle, in which hundreds of police were beaten and gassed by rioters trying to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory over Mr. Trump.

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