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Capitol Police captain says she suffered chemical burns on her face during insurrection

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Captain Carneysha Mendoza, one of many US Capitol Police officers injured while responding to the deadly insurrection on January 6, recalled to lawmakers how her face was burned by chemicals used by rioters and her arm nearly broken as they stormed the Capitol.

(CNN)Captain Carneysha Mendoza, one of many US Capitol Police officers injured while responding to the deadly insurrection on January 6, recalled to lawmakers how her face was burned by chemicals used by rioters and her arm nearly broken as they stormed the Capitol.

The rioters continued to deploy CS into the Rotunda," said Mendoza, a captain in the Special Operations Division

"Officers received a lot of gas exposure, which is worse inside the building than outside, because there's nowhere for it to go," Mendoza added.

Mendoza, who served in the US Army and has been a member of the US Capitol Police for almost 19 years, said that throughout her career, she has worked controversial events and that during the events she had been called "so many names so many times that I'm numb to it now. "

She also said the riot at the US Capitol, where nearly 140 officers were injured and one was officer was killed, "was by far the worst of the worst" of the events she has worked during her career as an officer.

Mendoza told senators how she witnessed her fellow officers being hit with objects thrown by the rioters and that after police cleared the Rotunda, officers had to physically hold the door to the Capitol closed as rioters continued to try to get into the building.

"After a couple of hours, officers cleared the Rotunda but had to physically hold the door closed because it had been broken by the rioters," Mendoza said.

Mendoza described how she was at home with her 10-year-old before being called in just after 1:30 p. m. She joined in with her fellow officers who had already been on the front lines.

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