This Tuesday, D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Daniel Hodges recounted his experience from Jan. 6 when he faced down a mob of Trump supporters who were rioting at the U.S. Capitol, pointing out the fact that some rioters were waving Christian flags and sporting pro-police slogans on their clothing.
“The sea of people was punctuated throughout by flags. Mostly variations of American flags and Trump flags. There was Gadsden flags. It was clear the terrorists perceived themselves to be Christians. I saw the Christian flag directly to my front, and another had ‘Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.’ Another, ‘Jesus is king,'” Hodges said.
“To my perpetual confusion, I saw the Thin Blue Line flag, a symbol of support for law enforcement, more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our commands and continued to assault us,” he said.
According to Hodges, rioters who identified as veterans said they had “fought for this country and were fighting for it again.”
He said some rioters demanded that police on the scene refrain from attacking them because “‘we’re not Black Lives Matter,’ as if political affiliation is how we determine when to use force,” Hodges said.
Watch his full testimony below: