Harry Dunn, a Capitol Hill Police Officer, stunned the nation earlier this week when he commented on the events of January 6, namely by labeling them as a much “bigger threat to America” than the violent Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots that dominated multiple urban centers throughout the Summer of 2020.
Dunn claimed that it is critical to be “prepared” by continuing “to shoot down all rhetoric that could possibly lead to violence.” Presumably, Dunn was referring to numerous public dialogues and interactions that had taken place on January 5, prior to the event that impacted the nation’s capital
While Dunn argued that he supported the basic tenets of free speech, he took some exceptions to this amendment.
For instance, he asserted that it was acceptable “to have different opinions,” though he also added, “don’t fight like hell or march down to the Capitol.”
Dunn noted that the First Amendment was truly geared towards protest, which “is what this country is about,” as well as one of the hallmarks of democracy. However, Dunn also added that it is completely wrong to begin “attacking things” and “attacking people.”
Dunn also added that attacking people and things does bring to mind the riots over the summer, which he also labels as “wrong.” He asserts that peacefully protesting is completely acceptable, but the “violence,” “damage,” and “riots” this summer were wrong.
Dunn also continued onwards to say that the activities that took place in the riots constitute “the exact same thing that happened at the Capitol.”
However, “[Capitol Hill protestors’] goal was to overthrow democracy, which is a bigger threat to America,” Dunn continued.
Officer Dunn: "The riots and the violence and the damage this summer — they were wrong. They were wrong. And that's the exact same thing that happened at the Capitol. But their goal was to overthrow democracy, which is a bigger threat to America." pic.twitter.com/SlWvvxo6Yz
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Throughout the course of his testimony, Dunn added that he considers himself highly fortunate for not being attacked on January 6, but he observed that other officers were injured during the events of January 6.
Earlier in the same day, Dunn also informed legislators on the Select Committee that he held terse exchanges with the protestors on Capitol Hill, who asserted that Trump had truly beaten Biden in the presidential election of 2020.
Per Dunn, numerous protestors used racial slurs and levied accusations of treason against officers; in some instances, they also allegedly attacked police officers with fists, stun guns, and makeshift weapons.
For this reason, Dunn is interesting in knowing who is ultimately responsible for these events.
Dunn likened this individual to someone who contracts a hitman’s services, observing that if a hitman murders someone, not only does the hitman go to jail, but also the person who hired them.
“There was an attack carried out on January 6, and a hit man sent them,” Dunn concluded, “I want you to get to the bottom of that.”