Skip to content

Biden Heralds Officers Who Fought Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

  • President signs bill awarding Congressional medals to officers
  • Biden chides Republicans who have downplayed Jan. 6 attack
President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chief Robert Contee III, of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, after signing legislation to award congressional gold medals to law enforcement, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Aug 5.

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chief Robert Contee III, of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, after signing legislation to award congressional gold medals to law enforcement, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Aug 5.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images 

President Joe Biden heralded law enforcement officers for defending democracy against a “radical and chaotic” insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as he signed legislation Thursday awarding Congressional Gold Medals to officers serving that day.

“My fellow Americans, let’s remember what this was all about,” Biden said at a Rose Garden ceremony. “It was a violent attempt to overturn the will of the American people, to seek power at all costs, to replace the ballot with brute force. To destroy, not to build. Without democracy, nothing is possible. With it, everything is.”