A Capitol Police officer wears an ‘Insurrection’ t-shirt until the January 6 hearing
US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn wore a t-shirt emblazoned with definitions of the word ‘insurrection’ when he attended Thursday’s first prime-time hearing of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.
Dunn was among the officers who responded to the violent mob that besieged the Capitol and was hailed as a hero for his efforts to protect members of Congress that day. Last summer, he testified before the House committee investigating the attack. During his emotional comments, Dunn recalled being the victim of racial slurs from people participating in the riot.
Dunn did not testify on Thursday, but her outfit sent a message. The print on his T-shirt was fashioned to look like a passage from the dictionary. It included two definitions of the word “insurrection”. One of the meanings came from an official dictionary and read: “A violent uprising against an authority or government.”
The other definition on the shirt simply said: “January 6, 2021”.
Another message on the T-shirt under the definitions was a quote attributed to Dunn himself. He said: “Instead of accepting the results of the 2020 election, many tried to alter the results with an insurrection on 06/01/21.”
The Washington Post reported that after the hearing, Dunn explained to reporters why he was wearing the t-shirt.
“So many people have said that he [the Jan. 6 riot] was not an insurgency, from internet trolls to elected officials,” he said, according to the Job.
The official ABC Twitter account world news tonight posted a close-up photo of Dunn’s shirt.
In his July 27, 2021 testimony before the committee, Dunn said that “[n]o I had never, ever been called an****r while wearing the uniform of a capitol police officer” until January 6th.
He went on to describe in more detail being surrounded by supporters of former President Donald Trump, who shouted epithets at him. Dunn also said other colored justice officers present during the riots told him they had suffered similar abuse.
“An officer told me that in his 40 years of life he had never been called an****r to his face, and that streak ended on January 6. Yet another black officer later told me that he was confronted by insurgents in the capitol who told him, ‘Drop your gun, and we’ll show you what kind of nigga you really are.'”
“I know so many other officers continue to suffer both physically and emotionally,” he said in the 2021 testimony. “What we went through that day was traumatic.”