Capitol Hill Officer: Jan. 6 ‘Bigger Threat’ than Violent BLM Riots in 2020
'We need to make sure we’re prepared and we continue to shoot down all rhetoric'
Police Officer Harry Dunn believes the January 6 Capitol riot was a far “bigger threat to America” than the Black Lives Matter protests which sparked violence and destruction across the U.S in 2020.
Dunn warned that “we need to make sure we’re prepared and we continue to shoot down all rhetoric that could possibly lead to violence” in what seemed to be a reference to the public exchanges before Jan 6.
Though Dunn claimed he backed the basic principle of freedom of speech, he said:
"Like I say, it’s OK to have different opinions.
"But don’t fight like hell or march down to the Capitol — first amendment protest is what this country is about, first amendment, the Constitution.
"That’s the democracy of it."
"But once you start attacking people, attacking things, then that’s wrong," he continued.
"And that — you know what? That goes to the riots this summer.
"They were wrong."
Officer Dunn: "The riots and the violence and the damage this summer — they were wrong. They were wrong. And that's the exact same thing that happened at the Capitol. But their goal was to overthrow democracy, which is a bigger threat to America." pic.twitter.com/SlWvvxo6Yz— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) July 29, 2021
"If you peacefully protest, then sure," he said.
"But the riots and the violence and the damage this summer, they were wrong.
"They were wrong.
"And that’s the exact same thing that happened at the Capitol.
"But their goal was to overthrow democracy, which is a bigger threat to America."
Dunn added he considered himself lucky he wasn't attacked on January 6th but also noted other officers did that day, leaving four dead and many more injured.
Dunn’s comments came after he told Select Committee lawmakers earlier about exchanges he had with rioters, who disputed Joe Biden defeated Trump in the 2020 election.
He claimed rioters attacked police officers with makeshift weapons, stun guns, and fists, along with racist slurs and accusations of treason.
Dunn stated before congress on Tuesday:
“If a hitman is hired and he kills somebody, the hitman goes to jail, but not only does the hitman go to jail, but the person who hired them does."
"There was an attack carried out on January 6, and a hitman sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of that.”
Capitol Police sergeant Aquilino Gonell suggested the display of violence Capitol Police officers experience should be brought to Trump's house.
"If that was hugs and kisses, then we should all go to his house and do the same thing to him.”