Dramatic video captured a lone Capitol police officer facing off against the advancing mob – using a baton to try and fend off the Trump supporters in the building’s hallowed halls.
The brave cop is seen reaching for his holstered handgun before picking up a baton from the floor and swinging it at the rioters as he backs up from the surging crowd.
He eventually retreats and runs up a few flights of stairs before other cops come to his aid.
The siege of the Capitol was one of the most serious security lapses in recent US history, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
Security was initially handled almost exclusively by the Capitol Police, a 2,000-member force dedicated to protecting the 126-acre Capitol Grounds, Reuters reported.
For reasons that remain unclear, other law enforcement agencies did not arrive en masse for hours as the rioters laid siege to the seat of Congress.
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