Bono paid a visit to Capitol Hill and thanked the police, referring to them as the people who “saved America”.
The U2 frontman personally thanked a crew from the Capitol Hill Police Force who gathered to meet him, praising them for saving America “from so much terrible”.
Five people were killed on January 6 when thousands of protesters stormed Capitol Hill, broke into the Senate chambers and looted the beacon of democracy in the United States.
The mob’s intent was to prevent Congress from certifying US President Joe Biden’s election victory over Donald Trump.
Trials are currently underway against hundreds of protesters, with the first man to stand trial for January 6-related offenses being found guilty on all charges by a jury earlier this month.
“I haven’t returned since January 6th and you saved America from so much horror that day, as far as I’m concerned.
“I just want to say that people around the world really respect you,” Bono told the officers’ gathering.
A Capitol Hill officer lost his life after responding to the storming of the hill, and other members of the force took their own lives after the incident.
More than 750 people have been charged with federal crimes as a result of the unrest and over 200 have pleaded guilty, with more than 110 already convicted.
At least 90 other people alleged to have attended are due to be brought to justice in the near future.
CNN’s Irish correspondent Donie O’Sullivan reported from Capitol Hill the night it was stormed, earning praise for his excellent reporting amid the furor.
https://www.independent.ie/news/bono-lauds-capitol-hill-police-as-those-who-saved-america-during-jan-6-riots-41508585.html Bono praises Capitol Hill police as the ones who “saved America” during the Jan. 6 riots