Capitol Officer Crushed by Mob Says 'Entitled' Rioters Thought Police Would Support Them

The Metropolitan Police Officer who was filmed being crushed by a door during the insurrection at the Capitol last week said those responsible felt "entitled" to carry out their plan to "just take over the nation" with the assistance of law enforcement.

The horrifying clip of Officer Daniel Hodges screaming out for help while the violent mob pressed the door against him in the halls of Congress on January 6 went viral in the wake of the attack.

Hodges only received minor injuries, including apparent concussions, as he defended the Capitol from Donald Trump supporters, far-right extremists and believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory as they stormed Congress during the attempt to overthrow the government.

Five people, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, died during the violence.

Speaking to CNN, Hodges said that those who attacked the building believed that the police would help them.

"Some of them felt like we would be fast friends because so many of them have been vocal," Hodges said. "They say things like, 'Yeah, we've been supporting you through all this Black Lives Matter stuff, you should have our back' and they felt entitled."

He added: "They felt like they would just walk up there and tell us that they're here to take back Congress and we would agree with them and we'd walk in hand in hand and just take over the nation. But obviously that's not the case and it will never be the case."

A number of off-duty police officers are accused of taking part in the siege in Washington D.C.

Hodges, who was attacked by the mob in what was his first ever visit to the Capitol building, described how one of the insurrectionists who beat him was "practically foaming at the mouth" while doing so.

"There's a guy ripping my mask off, he was able to rip away my baton and beat me with it... these people were true believers in the worst way," Hodges said.

"Things were looking bad," he added. "I was calling out for all I was worth, and an officer behind me was able to get me enough room to pull me out of there and get me to the rear so I was able to extricate myself."

The officer added he was not shocked that the mob stormed the Capitol as he had been hearing the possibility of such an eruption of violence for years.

He also referenced the possibility of there being further attacks in the days leading up to Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20.

"Stay home. Stop this," said Hodges to anyone planning violence. "On the other hand, I hope they're caught. Let's leave it at that."

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Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. An officer who was crushed by a door during the insurrection said those responsible for the attack felt “entitled” to carry out their plan. Jon Cherry/Getty