At the first public hearing of the House select committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Caroline Edwards, a Capitol Police officer who was injured on Jan. 6, testified that she never imagined she would find herself in the middle of a battle.
CAROLINE EDWARDS: I can just remember my breath catching in my throat. Because what I saw was just a war scene. It was something like I had seen out of the movies. I couldn't believe my eyes. There were officers on the ground. They were bleeding. They were throwing up. They had-- I mean, I saw friends with blood all over their faces.
I was slipping in people's blood. You know, I was catching people as they fell. You know, it was carnage. It was chaos. I can't even describe what I saw. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that, as a police officer, as a law enforcement officer, I would find myself in the middle of a battle. You know, I'm trained to detain a couple of subjects and handle a crowd.
But I'm not combat trained. And that day, it was just hours of hand-to-hand combat. Hours of dealing with things that were way beyond any law enforcement officer IS ever trained for. And I just remember that moment of stepping behind the line and just seeing the absolute war zone that the west front had become.