Capitol rioter apologizes to police officer injured Jan. 6

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WASHINGTON — Stephen Ayres, the Capitol rioter who testified at Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee listening to, apologized afterward to a U.S. Capitol Police sergeant who was badly crushed through the revolt. The officer, Aquilino Gonell, can now not work due to lingering accidents. Ayres, who final month pleaded responsible to costs associated to his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, apologized to Gonell and different officers current for his position within the violence.“I didn’t count on it,” Gonell advised reporters of Ayres’ apology. “It’s what it’s. I’m not holding any grudges. I’m making an attempt to reside with my life … and learn to reside and deal with my new disabilities.”Gonell blames former President Trump for ending his profession, he advised reporters. “He didn’t come to our help on Jan. 6, and studying what now we have discovered from the Jan. 6 committee, he had a job in it,” Gonell mentioned after Tuesday’s listening to. “He ought to’ve referred to as off the mob. As an alternative, he egged them on.” Gonell appeared earlier than the Home Choose Committee’s first listening to on the Jan. 6 violence, the place he shared his harrowing expertise that day on the Capitol. He mentioned he feared for his life and faces a number of surgical procedures from accidents to his shoulder, legs and toes and not less than a 12 months of rehabilitation. He spoke of not hugging his spouse when he acquired dwelling as a result of his uniform was soaked in chemical irritants he had been sprayed with. He described mendacity in mattress for hours in agony earlier than placing on a contemporary uniform and heading again to work. Gonell was knowledgeable in June that he could be unable to proceed as a police officer resulting from his accidents. “Sadly, that’s not the way in which I wished to retire,” Gonell mentioned.

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