Video shows rioters calling Capitol Police 'traitors'

Video shows rioters calling Capitol Police 'traitors'
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House Democratic impeachment managers used video showing rioters calling Capitol Police officers "traitors" during the Jan. 6 riot as they moved toward the conclusion of their arguments.

House impeachment manager David CicillineDavid CicillineLawmakers call for investigation into proposed AT&T WarnerMedia, Discovery merger Democratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal House votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees MORE (D-R.I.), while addressing the Senate, said  officers responding to the rioting were not only physically injured during the chaos, but were also “verbally denigrated,” for “their patriotism,” and rioters “questioned their loyalty and yelled racial slurs.” 

“They called them traitors, Nazis, un-American for protecting us,” Cicilline told senators Thursday. 


Cicilline then showed a series of videos taken both within and outside the Capitol on the day of the mob attack, including one in which a man followed an officer and shouted, “Are you an American? Act like you f---ing are,” before shoving another officer. 

In a subsequent video posted on social media, Trump supporters shouted at officers gathered in front of metal barriers, “F---ing traitors, you’re a f---ing traitor,” before one rioter attempted to pull away one of the barriers. 

In another video, a woman told officers, “you can’t even call yourselves American, you broke your f---ing oath today.” 

The videos were among the examples provided by House managers to show how law enforcement officers were both physically and verbally attacked by rioters as they overtook the Capitol.

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After airing the footage, Ciclline said, “You have to wonder, who are these rioters sworn to? To whom do they believe the police owe their loyalty? To the people? To the Constitution? Or to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE?”

More than 140 officers in the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police forces were injured during the mob attack, some with severe physical trauma like cracked ribs, smashed spinal discs and brain injuries. One officer is expected to lose an eye, while another was stabbed with a metal fence stake.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after being hit by a fire extinguisher during the rioting, and two additional officers who responded to the attack have since died by suicide.