The House select committee investigating theriot held its first hearing on Tuesday, with emotional testimony from four law enforcement officers who defended the building that day. The officers spoke — at times angrily — about the physical and psychological injuries they sustained and gave a rare, first-hand look at the types of attacks they and their fellow officers suffered.
The officers are among the few who have told their stories in the press, and Tuesday marked the first time they appeared together to give official testimony.
Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, played footage of the attack at the start of the hearing, noting that while it may not be easy for officers to revisit the events of that day, “history will remember your names and your actions.”
Two of the officers were visibly upset. Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell…