Officer Daniel Hodges was violently attacked at the Capitol Hill riots.
"They were calling us traitors, shouting at us, telling us to remember our oath, and eventually, they attacked us," Hodges said. "There was chaos. Someone managed to get his thumb in my eye and start gouging my eye." The exact nature of Hodges' injuries is unknown, but the police officer has made a full recovery.
Sixty-five of the 850 police officers responding to the riot were injured. Senior police officers said that the number is far greater, with many officers refusing to report injuries.
Rioters stormed the Capitol Building following a rally by former President Donald Trump, in which he contested the election result. Trump called his supporters to action to support false claims that the election had been "stolen" from him. Right-wing extremists and white supremacists were among the rioters. Five people died in the attack.