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‘It took me all the way back to my childhood’: Congressman Mfume reflects on January 6 Capital riot

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I saw in the eyes of those persons that day, the same thing that I saw in the eyes of racists, growing up as a child.”- Congressman Kweisi Mfume

(AP) — On Jan. 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump, fueled by his false claims of a stolen election, assaulted police and smashed their way into the Capitol to interrupt the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, forcing lawmakers into hiding; most of the rioters had come from a nearby rally where Trump urged them to “fight like hell.”

A Trump supporter, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by a police officer as she tried to breach a barricaded doorway inside the Capitol.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, injured while confronting the rioters, suffered a stroke the next day and died from natural causes, the Washington, D.C., medical examiner’s office said. (In the weeks that followed, four of the officers who responded to the riot took their own lives.)

Congress reconvened hours later to finish certifying the election result.

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