‘This is How I’m Going to Die’: Capitol Police Officer Fights Tears Recalling Family ‘Frantically’ Calling Him During Capitol Riot

U.S. Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell fought back tears as he described the harrowing violence that occurred during the Jan. 6 riot before a House select committee investigating the attack.

Gonell began his testimony by calling for accountability in the “horrific and shameful” attack, decrying “the continued, shocking attempt to ignore or try and destroy the truth of what happened that day.”

The officer, an army veteran who served in the Iraq War, said the rioters called him a “traitor” and “a disgrace” who “should be executed.”

“My fellows officers and I were punched, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers by a violent mob,” Gonell said.

Gonell said the rioters, supporters of President Donald Trump who
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