Hill resolution honors police who defended U.S. Capitol

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Washington, January 15, 2021 | comments

Hill resolution honors police who defended U.S. Capitol (01/15/21)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., has introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring the officers who defended the Capitol during last week's hours-long riot.

The lawmaker from Little Rock worked with U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., to prepare the tribute this week.

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More than 50 members of the U.S. Capitol and District of Columbia police departments were injured before order was restored, the resolution notes.
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Hill's resolution acknowledges "the bravery and self-sacrifice by officers of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies during the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol."

The assault, timed to coincide with a joint session of Congress, "gravely threaten[ed] the physical wellbeing of the Vice President, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate along with hundreds of civilians located within and on the grounds of the Capitol Complex and the security of the Capitol Complex itself," the resolution notes.

Vastly outnumbered, law enforcement officials "directly engaged the attackers, who were armed with explosives, metal pipes, chemical irritants, and other weapons," the resolution states.

Due to the defenders' "swift and courageous actions," the entire membership of the House and Senate escaped injury, it notes.

The resolution highlights the loss of Sicknick and Liebengood, honoring their "example of service and devotion to duty." It also commends "the examples of bravery and service-above-self demonstrated by officers of the United States Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, and the multiple Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and protective entities that joined alongside of them."

Since Tuesday, at least 12 Democrats and 38 Republicans have agreed to sign on as co-sponsors, including Republican U.S. Reps. Steve Womack of, R- Rogers, and Rick Crawford of, R-Jonesboro.

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