Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn said the threat of another Jan.6-like attack on the government had not receded a year since the violent riot at the United States Capitol.
“It’s scary to think of something [like this] can happen again, and yet it can happen againâ¦ there is nothing in place now to deter these people from doing it again, âDunn said on MSNBC’sâ The Sunday Show, âciting the example of a supporter of the former President Donald Trump who was sentenced to 20 days in prison for participating in the riot.
More than 700 people have been charged in the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, and at least 165 people have so far pleaded guilty, mostly to crimes carrying a maximum sentence of six months, according to the Associated Press. . Long sentences have been rare, although a man who attacked law enforcement officials was sentenced to 63 months in prison last month.
Dunn, who faced racist threats while protecting the Capitol on Jan.6, said the threat of future election-related violence is not limited to Washington, but exists in state capitals across the country.
âIt’s scary to think that we have opened Pandora’s box,â he said.
Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, another officer who has battled rioters on the Capitol, shared photos of the injuries he sustained on January 6 last week, tweeting in response to former Vice President Mike Pence referring to the attack just like “a day in January”.
“That January day almost cost me my life,” Gonell tweeted. “And we did all we could to prevent [Pence] of being hanged and killed in front of his daughter and wife. And now he’s telling us [it] does not mean anything.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.