A US Capitol Police captain testified Tuesday about the “devastating” Jan. 6 riot in Washington, DC that left her with both physical and emotional wounds that linger more than a month later, including chemical burns to her face.
Testifying before a Senate panel on the deadly insurrection, Capt. Carneysha Mendoza, a department veteran of nearly 19 years, recalled the hellish battle against violent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, who stormed the Capitol in a bid to prevent the certification of the 2020 election results.
Mendoza, who had already planned on starting her Jan. 6 tour at 3 p.m. to work a 16-hour shift, was home with her son when she received a desperate call for help at 1:30 p.m.
“I was at home eating with my 10-year-old, spending time with him before what I knew would likely be a long day, when a fellow captain contacted me and told me things were bad, and that I needed to respond