On January 6, Constable Police Officer Aquilino Gonell told CNN about his experience.
Capitol The mob called the police officer a “traitor” when he realized he would not cooperate in the attack on Congress. Sometimes he said, “Hang Mike Pence.”
Parliamentary Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell Told to CNN That “traitor” was the worst and most personally hurt he was called when he was assigned to the military for years. Iraq..
“They continued to say,’Trump sent me, don’t listen to you, we’re here to take over the Capitol, we’re here to hang Mike Pence.’ “They thought we were there for them, but we weren’t, so they turned their backs on us. When they died on the spot I was so scared because I was thinking. “
Sergeant Gonell believed that more people could have died if Parliamentary police did not act swiftly to move lawmakers to a safe place.
“The only thing I could think of was,’I can’t get these people inside. There will be a slaughter inside,'” said Sergeant Gonell.
He was beaten with a flagpole during the riot, opened his hands and attacked with a chemical spray.
“They called us traitors. They defeated us. They dragged us.” Sergeant Gonell Told to CNN“And I could hear their voice,’We shoot you. We’re going to kill you. You’re choosing salary over country. You’re not. It’s an honor. You are a traitor. “
Sergeant Gonell still suffers from injuries during the riots. He needs leg surgery to be able to walk painlessly and still has scars on his shoulders.
He immigrated from the Dominican Republic at the age of 12 and joined the Army Reserve in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq. He became a Parliamentary police officer in 2008 and is the leader of the civil riot unit within the Parliamentary Police. During the attack on Capitol, he wore riot control equipment and often fought mobs in hand-to-hand combat.
“When we were on the Lower West Terrace, people called me immigrants throughout the trial. You’re not American. You’re a traitor,” said Sergeant Gonell. Told to CNN“I went abroad to protect my country from foreign threats, but here I am fighting them in the Capitol.
“I bleeded, sweated, and fought to prevent people from entering through the entrance. I was pushed back from the second door to the magnetometer. And just regaining that space was about more. It took an hour. We were literally fighting every moment, and it was a 10-minute, 15-minute test to take a step forward. “
The mob caught a sergeant trying to pull back another officer who had fallen to the floor.
“I was very scared because I thought I would lose my life,” he said. “Then I started beating with the flagpole, the flag, and the American flag that I vowed to protect at home and abroad. I don’t know how I got this strength, but I hit him. They hit me hard, so they sent me. I started to retreat. “
Sergeant Gonell finally took a break from the battle five hours later.
“I started sending emails to my wife,’OK, I’ll see you anytime.’ He finally got home around 3am.
“When I entered, she wanted to hug me, so I said no, because I was covered with a pepper spray and didn’t want to put it on her. I got hurt. The hands were still bleeding, “he said.
Sergeant Gonell said, “I went to my son’s bed and hugged him. He was still asleep. He kissed him.” After taking a shower and feeling pain as the chemical spray soaked into his skin. And I started crying for about 5 to 10 minutes. I just cried. She kept telling me that she would be okay. I said, “No, I have to go back to work. I have to go back to work. I have to get back to work. “I felt guilty. I’m still “.
Sergeant Gonell said he was suffering from the aftermath of the riots. Republican Decision to Block fees Find out what happened on January 6th. Some Republicans Compared mob with tourists Visit Capitol.
“I protected them and injured them, and I’ll do it again if necessary. That’s my job,” said Sergeant Gonell. “It’s unthinkable that they don’t even want to know how to prevent this in the future.”
In another interview, Sergeant Gonell told CNN: We just respond and do our best to work … with the tools we have. So when people deny that this has happened, it’s an insult. It’s a betrayal.
“I got a call from abroad and my friends and family asked me if I was okay or what was happening at the Capitol. That day they were the president. I think I was more worried than myself, “he added.
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