“The Black officer struggle was different as in, like I said, we fought against not just people that were, that hated what we represented, but they hate our skin color also,” Harry Dunn informed NCS’s Don Lemon on “NCS Tonight.” “That’s just a fact and they used those words to prove that, they showed that they hated us and they hated our skin color.”

Flags, signs and symbols of racist, White supremacist and extremist teams had been displayed together with Trump 2020 banners and American flags on the January 6 riot on the US Capitol. Black officers performed a key function in defending lawmakers throughout the assault.

Footage from the rebellion — a few of which was launched throughout former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial — exhibits Eugene Goodman, one other Black Capitol Police officer, redirecting Utah Sen. Mitt Romney from the rioters’ path. Goodman then continued to the primary flooring to answer the breach and labored to divert the mob from lawmakers. In one other encounter, when a mob of insurrectionists chased him, Goodman additionally had the presence of thoughts to guide them away from lawmakers and towards backup officers.

The assault, which killed 5 individuals and injured greater than 100 cops, has left Black cops who defended the Capitol that day reckoning with their expertise, Dunn mentioned. While White cops had been additionally attacked verbally and bodily by the insurrectionists, Dunn famous that he and his fellow Black officers needed to endure racist barbs — which left some in tears.

“Once I had time to sit down and put it all together, it was just so overwhelming: that here we are giving so much and putting our lives on the line to protect democracy and keep it and we’re being called racial slurs, traitors, and any just weapon that these people could use because they were upset about something,” he mentioned.

“And you know why I guess this is a little harder for me now, because at the time I did my first interview, I didn’t know the pain that a lot of my other colleagues had suffered. They shared them with me.”

Dunn on Wednesday pushed again in opposition to assertions that he was enjoying “the race card” or had a political agenda by discussing the racist components of the assault.

“I didn’t wake up that morning and want to be called a n*****, plain and simple,” he informed Lemon. “I didn’t ask to be called that, so I didn’t bring race into it. I just wanted to do my job.”

He continued, “So I wanted to talk to my coworkers and some of my closest friends and say, this is a moment and we need to grow from this as a country, as a people, as a race, as a profession. There’s so much, so many teachable moments here and I don’t want those to get away.”

NCS’s Paul LeBlanc, Mallory Simon and Sara Sidner contributed to this report.


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