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Washington Examiner: Lawmakers share support for police officers injured in Capitol attack

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Washington, D.C., April 2, 2021 | comments

Lawmakers expressed their well-wishes for the officers reported to be killed or injured in an afternoon attack at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

The Capitol went into lockdown after a vehicle-ramming incident, which reportedly left one Capitol Police officer dead.

A mob stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 to protest Congress certifying an electoral victory for President Joe Biden. The riot left five people dead.

Members are still gathering information on what happened, said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol. We are still learning what’s taken place. Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene," McConnell said.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked others to join him in praying for the two officers.

"Please join me in prayer for the two Capitol Police officers and their families. They reacted quickly and bravely, as did all the other first responders at the scene. The whole country is pulling for them right now," McCarthy said.

"Please join me in praying for our Capitol Police officers and first responders as we continue to learn more about what’s happened," said Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat, echoed the sentiment, adding that all staff in her office are safe.

"Praying for the safety of Capitol Police and all at the U.S. Capitol," Demings tweeted.

Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, reported that his staff was safe.

"All my staff and interns in my DC office are safe and accounted for. My prayers are with the Capitol Police officers and first responders involved in today’s events at the Capitol," Scott tweeted.

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern called for an end to violence.

"I’m in Massachusetts and my staff is safe and accounted for in Washington. The U.S. @CapitolPolice put their lives on the line every day to defend our democracy against a rising tide of threats. I’m praying for those who were injured in this terrible assault. Stop the violence," McGovern said.

Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, reported that he was safe but under lockdown at the Capitol, expressing gratitude for the Capitol Police.

"I’m safe and locked down here at the Capitol. Thankful today & every day for the US Capitol Police," Khanna said.

Sen. Ted Cruz thanked the Capitol Police for a quick response to the incident.

The original article can be found the Washington Examiner website here.

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