Capitol officer shares ‘war scene’ and is covered in blood as she fends off rioters

Capitol officer Caroline Edwards was one of the first officers injured in the riots and defended the building along with officer Brian Sicknick, who later died

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A Capitol security official has described the shocking scenes she witnessed as she tried to protect the building from rioters who supported Donald Trump and fired on false accusations that the election had been rigged.

Caroline Edwards suffered a brain injury during the attack while attempting to protect the building along with Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who later died.

Ms Edwards gave a powerful testimony before the bipartisan committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack, likening the brutal violence she saw to a “war scene”.

She was speaking during the first televised hearing in which committee members accused the former president of encouraging violence.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on the day of the riots


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Five people died in the riots, including a Capitol police officer, with the threat of violence being explicit throughout much of the buildup.

The committee’s chairman, Bennie Thompson, stressed in his opening speech that he held Trump personally responsible for the attack.

He accused the then president of “trying to stop the peaceful transfer of power.”

Ms Edwards said: “I can remember seeing a war scene and seeing it take my breath away.”

Footage appears to show Ms Edwards being beaten to the ground during a hand-to-hand fight with rioters



Ms Edwards continued: “Officials at the scene. They were bleeding, lying on the ground and throwing up.”

“I slipped in people’s blood,” she added. “I caught people as they fell. It was carnage. It was mayhem. I can’t even describe what I saw.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I find myself in the middle of a battle as a police officer.”

She described the moments leading up to her injury and Officer Sicknick being sprayed with some type of gas, DailyMail reports.

Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards suffered head injuries in the fighting


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She recalled that a group of protesters, led by one of the top Proud Boys, Joseph Biggs, had gathered in front of the Capitol Building and were becoming increasingly violent.

“I turned to my sergeant and said the understatement of the century. I said, ‘Sarge, I think we’re going to need a few more people down here,'” she testified.

She said Biggs and another Proud Boy, Ryan Samsel, tore down the first barricade and approached the officers’ bike racks.

Mrs. Edwards and other Capitol Police officers secured the bike racks.

She was the first police officer to be injured by rioters who stormed the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6


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“I felt the bike rack come on my head and I was pushed backwards and my foot hit the stairs behind me and my chin hit the handrail and then – at that point I passed out – but the back of my head brushed the concrete stairs behind me “, she said.

Mrs. Edwards partially recovered and returned to duty, attempting to hold the west front of the Capitol.

She continued, “After a while I got back on the line, it was on the house side of the lower west stairs … and Officer Sicknick was behind me.”

“All of a sudden I see movement to my left and it was Officer Sicknick with his head in his hands and he was eerily pale,” she said.

“At the time I thought he had been sprayed and I was concerned. My police alarm bells went off.”

Sandra Garza, the widow of Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick, who died shortly after the Jan. 6 riots, hugs Edwards


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Sicknick died the next day. His family members were in the audience on Thursday night, along with his wife, who shared a tender moment with Ms Edwards.

“And so I looked back to see what had happened, what had hit him, and then I got sprayed in the eyes too,” she said.

“I was brought in for decontamination by another officer, but we didn’t have a chance because I was tear gassed.”

Video footage played during the hearing appeared to be from the moment Ms Edwards was sprayed.

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