At least fourteen police officers were injured amid the demonstrations and subsequent violent unrest in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, including two police officers who were hospitalized after getting attacked while on-duty.
One officer was hospitalized after “he was pulled into a crowd and assaulted,” and another officer was hospitalized with facial injuries after getting “struck by a projectile,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee in a press conference Wednesday evening.
The other injuries weren’t as serious in nature, said Contee, but were still concerning. It’s not clear where exactly the injuries took place.
“These officers should be commended for their work. They fought hard to protect our Democracy, not only today, but every day they wear that uniform,” said Contee.
The police chief also said that four people died amid the Capitol building unrest, which began after anti-certification protesters stormed the building and halted Congressional proceedings.
One woman, who was part of a group allegedly attempting to gain access