‘Hero’ officers who stood against pro-Trump mob speak out

Three Washington, D.C., police officers share their experience during the Capitol siege with ABC affiliate WJLA: “Guys [were] chanting, ‘Kill him with his own gun.’”
3:04 | 01/15/21

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We'll hear for the first time from some of the your rageous police officers who rushed to protect the capitol from the mob last week. They put their lives on the line to defend our democracy and our chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz has their stories. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, George. We have all seen those horrific images but this is the first time we have heard from those officers on the front lines and their tales are chilling. You know, this might be it. I might die. Reporter: And he very easily could have died. I was the one that was crushed in the door. Reporter: Officer Daniel hodges, 32 years old talking about this moment. His gas mask ripped off crushed in the doorway by a riotous mob. I got it in the back and forth fighting for every inch. There was nothing I could do so I just started screaming at the top of my lungs for them to give me a way out. Reporter: Hodges, one of three D.C. Metropolitan police officers who raced to the capitol sharing their terrifying experience with our affiliate WJLA. They have a heroic story. Reporter: Officer Christina Lawrie arriving on the scene to chaos saying she was hit with mace used on bears. It's not only painful but you literally can't open your eyes and when you can't open your eyes and you're in the middle of what we would call a fight -- Reporter: The officers protecting the wester ras doors which had not yet been breached facing thousands of rioters pushing forward shouting, usa, usa, officer Michael faa, a father of four shouting we got to get these doors shut according to "The Washington post." But eventually the officer was grabbed by the crowd who he said were shouting we got one, we got one as they dragged him away from the doors. Rioters beating and tasing him as he pled with them, telling them he had kids. I remember guys chanting like kill him with his own gun because guys were like grabbing gear off my vest and ripped my badge from me and trying to grab my gun. Reporter: His partner eventually helping to free him but he suffered a mild heart attack and spent two days hospitalized. One of the nearly 60 D.C. Police officers who were injured in the siege. And, of course, capitol police officer Brian sicknick was -- he died shortly after his encounter with those trump rioters and clearly, George, there could have been many more who died. Boy, no question about that. You know, the more we learn about this, the more horrifying and dangerous and disgusting rerealize what was happening in the capitol. By rioters who claimed to support law and order. You can see the documentary "24 hours: Assault on the capitol" on hulu. We turn to the tributes for

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