By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: United States Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, Untied States National Guard and Federal Bureau of Investigation (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: Mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 as the United States Congress began reviewing the Electoral College votes.
At around 3:00 p.m. ET, the District of Columbia’s National Guard were called to help restore control after protesters, bearing Trump garb, breached barricades set up by United States Capitol Police and swarmed the United States Capitol disrupting the certification of United States President-Elect Joe Biden’s election and forcing the evacuation of Vice President Mike Pence and other lawmakers.
Both chambers at the United States Capitol abruptly recessed and went into lock down.
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According to the Metropolitan Police Department and United States Capitol Police, at least 4 people who died during the storming of the United States Capitol, including a woman was shot and killed.
Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed the identities of the 4 people who died as 35 year old Ashli Babbitt of Huntington, MD who died of a gunshot wound as well as 34 year old Rosanne Boyland of Kennesaw, GA; 55 year old Kevin Greeson of Athens, AL and 50 year old Benjamin Phillips of Ringtown, PA who all suffered medical emergencies and later died.
Metropolitan Police Department has also confirmed that there was 56 officers injured during the storming of the United States Capitol, including 2 officers who are hospitalized.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department and United States Capitol Police, authorities arrested 68 arrests during the storming of the United States Capitol, this includes 1 person from DC; 11 people from MD and VA; 50 people from PA, NC, MI, OR, NY, CT, AZ, MS, FL, GA, WI, CA, CO, WY, MA, IL, WV and ND; and 6 people had no fixed addresses.
Metropolitan Police Department has also confirmed that 6 firearms were recovered and 2 pipe bombs were recovered during the storming of the United States Capitol.
Before the incident at the U.S. Capital, United States President Donald Trump spoke to a large crowd of mainly supporters on the Ellipse just south of the White House, waving flags ranging from “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and Trump flags to the American flags and QAnon flags. and carried signs that read ‘Stop the Steal!’ at the rally dubbed the ‘Save America March.’
United States President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede his loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, had urged his supporters multiple times to come to Washington for a rally on Wednesday, the day the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate were scheduled to certify the results of the Electoral College.
“Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” United States President Donald Trump tweeted back on December 20th, 2020.
Wednesday morning, United States President Donald Trump told supporters, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and Congressmen and women.”
“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical Democrats. We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore,”
Following the storming, United States President Donald Trump posted via Twitter for “peace” and for protesters to “go home.”
“It was clear that the crowd was intent on causing harm to our officers by deploying chemical irritants on police, to force entry into the United States Capitol building. What we witnessed was unlawful and riotous behavior,” said D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III.
Protesters were captured on cameras today swarmed towards the news media, chased out reporters and destroyed equipment outside the United States Capitol before rioters began clashing with officers on the steps of the United States Capitol, protesters climbing walls and breaking through doors of the entering the United States Capitol, trashing and breaking stuff inside offices and stealing items from offices inside the United States Capitol.
Also captured on cameras today were officers removing barricades outside the United States Capitol as pro-Trump demonstrators walked onto the grounds of the United States Capitol, and pro-Trump demonstrators talking selfies with police inside the United States Capitol.
Hours after the storming, calm was eventually restored after the National Guard was called out, members of the United States Congress have again continued the counting the Electoral College votes, starting off by members on both sides thanked law enforcement for their work today, condemn the violence done by a few, and united in the process and peaceful debate.
Washington Metropolitan Police Department seeks assistance in identifying persons of interest responsible for unlawful entry offenses at United States Capitol.
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You may also call 1 (202) 727-9099 or Text: 50411 to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.
Late Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they’re seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who stormed the United States Capitol building.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the United States Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021.
If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at: https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/aad18481a3e8f02
Please use this form to submit any images, videos, or other multimedia files you have related to possible violations of federal law committed.
You may also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity.
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