A Black U.S. Capitol Police officer said Tuesday that supporters of President Donald Trump taunted him with racial slurs the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
“No one had ever ― ever ― called me a ‘n****r’ while wearing the uniform of a Capitol Police officer” until Jan. 6, Capitol Officer Henry Dunn said during Tuesday testimony in front of House select committee members investigating the attack.
Dunn described his confrontation with Trump supporters that day, saying racial abuse was hurled at him as he tried reasoning with the angry mob. Read more from Dunn’s testimony below.
Dunn said as the day wore on and exhaustion set in, he sat next to another Black Capitol Police officer and “became very emotional.”
“I sat down on a bench with a friend of mine who is also a Black Capitol Police officer, and told him about the racial slurs I had endured,” Dunn said in his testimony. “I became very emotional and began yelling, ‘How the fuck can something like this happen? Is this America?’ I began sobbing, and officers came over to console me.”
Five people died and 140 officers were injured that day. Two officers later died by suicide. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone also gave testimony on Tuesday about his own harrowing experience, and blamed Republican lawmakers who continue to deny the reality of what happened. Fanone was repeatedly beaten and shocked by members of the Trump mob during the attack.