Who is Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards?

During the Capitol disturbances, Edwards suffered an injury that has prohibited her from returning to duty.
Caroline Edwards, a Capitol Police Officer who was injured in the Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021, testified at a House committee hearing on Thursday.

During the protests at the Capitol, supporters of President Donald Trump sought to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election, Edwards suffered a traumatic brain injury.

“Even after suffering a traumatic brain injury, Officer Edwards patrolled the Capitol’s West Plaza and prevented many rioters from entering the Capitol building,” the Jan. 6 Committee said.

Who is Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards?

Edwards is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a bachelor’s degree with honors. According to the committee, she worked in public relations until “answer[ing] the call to serve in law enforcement in 2017.”

According to the committee, Edwards’ injuries have stopped her from returning to the Capitol Police’s First Responder Unit, although she wants to return later this year.

Thursday evening, the House Jan. 6 Committee wrapped up the first of a series of hearings on the Capitol riots.

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