Capitol Police captain says she suffered chemical burns on her face during insurrection
Mendoza’s riveting testimony came Tuesday at the start of the contentious Senate hearing on the intelligence and security failures of the January 6 attack at the Capitol.
“I proceeded to the Rotunda where I noticed a heavy smoke-like residue and smelled what I believed to be military grade CS gas — a familiar smell. It was mixed with fire extinguisher spray deployed by the rioters. The rioters continued to deploy CS into the Rotunda,” said Mendoza, a captain in the Special Operations Division
“Officers received a lot of gas exposure, which is worse inside the building than outside, because there’s nowhere for it to go,” Mendoza added. “I received chemical burns to my face that still have not healed to this day.”
Mendoza, who served in the US Army and has been a member of the US Capitol…