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'Just like a medieval battle scene': Officers recount being attacked by Capitol mob

Michael Fanone did not even get called to the Capitol on Jan. 6 -- he just went.

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'Just like a medieval battle scene': Officers recount being attacked by Capitol mob

Both Fanone and Hodges were recorded on movie the day of the Capitol assault being beaten by an angry mob determined to get in the Capitol to halt the election from being affirmed.

"A number of the most brutal combat I have ever encountered."

When he came on scene, Fanone said, it was"chaos"

"There's no longer any police lines," he said. "There is just chaos. Rioters running rampant across the Capitol grounds, fatigued, you know, injured officers everywhere."

The pictures of the two officers being attacked shocked the country.

Hodges was spotted crying out for help as obtained crushed in a doorway.

As he was making his way through the catacomb entry at the top of the Capitol's West FrontFanone said, he would smell tear gas and moved to the melee with no protective gear, trying to offer tired officers a break.

He said the officers who were in the tunnel protecting the Capitol were"fighting like lions"

Then, the rioters overwhelmed him.

"Some men pulled me out into the crowd and a few were crying something... they were beating me," he said. "At one stage, I obtained tased, people were crying out,'We got one. We got one,'" he recounted.

"Individuals from the audience tried to receive my gun. "I remember at one point, you know, a few of the people in the crowd while I was getting tasered, they were stripping my equipment off of my vest, my badge off my radio. They started catching ammunition magazines out of my belt"

The father of four was also tased multiple occasions and suffered a slight heart attack.

He said he tried to appeal to the crowd's humanity.

"I remember yelling out, not to anybody in particular,'I have kids and it appeared to work.'"

Hodges, who is assigned to the MPD's civil disturbance unit, stated he had been hit in the head several times while attempting to make it to his fellow officers. He said he needed to"fight" his way through the crowd.

"A number of them were totally crazed -- I would I phone them excited true believers," he explained. "They wouldn't they would let nothing prevent them from getting inside. Plus it didn't matterwhat they needed to do to get inside."

"I thought,'that could be the ending,' or'that I could not escape from this entirely intact.'"

Hodges said there were"thousands" of rioters up against something like 200 officers.

As he had been pinned in the doorway, crying out for help, someone attempted to rip off his gas mask, he said.

"The guy in front of me, that guy, he was he was almost foaming at the mouth. He was screaming and only grabbed my armgrabbed my filter on my masks, began beating my head against the doorframe and ripping it off as best he could," Hodges said. "Once he got off my mask, he also was able to rip my proper baton out of me and began beating me in the head ."

He explained that it was sensory overload.

"When they ripped off my mask, I was sucking in pepper spray, OC spray and tear gas that the entire time. Obviously, that lots of people yelling in the tunnel is very loud. It was only a sensory overload. But all I know is that nobody was becoming by me," he said.

"They were waving the'thin-blue-line flag' while they were assaulting us," he said.

"It's not an exaggeration to state that we defended that a democracy, that everyone's duly-elected agents were at that building and the mob outside was not," Hodges said.

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