During the House select committee’s first hearing on the Jan. 6 attack, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges recalled the vicious beating he endured that day.
DANIEL HODGES: To my perpetual confusion, I saw the thin blue line flag, a symbol of support for law enforcement, more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our commands and continued to assault us. The acrid sting of CS gas or tear gas and OC spray, which is mace, hung in the air as the terrorists threw their own CS-- threw our own CS gas canisters back at us and sprayed us with their own OC either they bought themselves or stole from us. Later I learned at least one of them was spraying us in the face with wasp spray.
The terrorists alternated between attempting to break our defenses and shouting at or attempting to convert us. Men alleging to be veterans told us how they had fought for this country and were fighting for it again. One man tried to start a chant of four more years. Another shouted do not attack us. We're not Black Lives Matter, as if political affiliation is how we determine when to use force.