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Capitol police endorse Mike Pence for downplaying the January 6 uprising

A US Capitol Police officer is expressing his displeasure over the lenient sentences riot suspects face for their part in the January 6 uprising.

Speaking to NPR.org, US Capitol Police, Sgt. Aquilino Gonell described the scene he faced on January 6 while stationed at the west entrance of the Capitol. According to Gonnell, the scene resembles a “medieval battlefield.”

He also made it clear that he believes the sentences are not severe enough given the trauma the Capitol rioters inflicted on him and other members of law enforcement.


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“Their jail time is less than my recovery time,” says Gonell, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury. “The charges they received are not comparable to the mental and physical trauma that some police officers, myself included, have suffered.”

On Twitter, Gonell criticized former Vice President Mike Pence, who downplayed the attack on him:

But despite the trauma he endured, he also said he would do it again if he had to.

“It is disconcerting to hear some of what is coming from some of these elected officials,” Gonell said. political opinion or party. “

As a result of all that happened on January 6, hundreds of people were arrested for storming the Capitol. Even now, Gonnell has admitted that it is difficult to see legislators backing their efforts.

“We risked our lives to give them enough time to get to safety. And allegedly, some of them were in contact with some rioters and with some coordinators or knew what was going to happen. “, said Gonell. “And it makes you question their motives and their allegiance to the country, as we fought the mob in a brutal battle in which I could have lost my life and dear officers. mine too.”

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Huynh Nguyen

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