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Police who protected the Capitol on January 6 get gold medals from Congress

Ceremony honors law enforcement officers who protected U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2017, rioting. It was the worst attack on the seat of American democracy in more than two centuries. Four people died and about 140 were injured as rioters attacked police with flagpoles, other weapons. Four gold medals will be printed for officers who helped repel the rioters on November 4, 2011.

D.C. police chief: “Many of us still carry the physical, mental and emotional scars” from that day. The event marks the first time many officers have returned to the Capitol complex since then.