By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: United States Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, Untied States National Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and United States Department of Justice (Information):
Pictures: United States Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, WTTG (Fox 5 News), WRC-TV (NBC4 Washington), WUSA and KSWB-TV (Fox 5 San Diego), AP (Associated Press), and Commons Wikimedia (Courtesy):
Washington, District of Columbia: A year has pass since the United States Capitol Insurrection occurred on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.
At around 12:00 p.m. ET, people gathered at a “Save America” rally on the Ellipse well a mile away to the east, a joint session of United States Congress assembled to count electoral votes that would formalize then United States President-elect Joe Biden’s win against then United States President Donald Trump from the Presidential Election in November 2020.
As the counting and rally began, the rally was peaceful well rally attendees showed their disappointment and oppose to the voting results. Then United States President Donald Trump spoke to his supporters during the rally, claiming the election irregularities and said, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more.”
During and after his speech, thousands of rally attendees began walking towards the United States Capitol building. As they arrived, gates were set up as security and police gathered outside the United States Capitol building. At the beginning, protesters were peaceful yet the upset and anger in the crowed was clearly being expressed.
At around 2:12 p.m. ET, hundreds of protesters breached through the front gates set up in front of the United States Capitol building, and were able to get through the doors and windows of the United States Capitol building, some of the protesters breaking windows to the building to enter rooms,
Protesters began to head towards where the joint session of United States Congress assembled to count electoral votes as well as various rooms of the building.
The joint session of United States Congress would go into recess as armed security blocking the doors as protesters inside the United States Capitol building were trying to get inside, and seconds later as armed security ordered the protesters to “back away from the doors,” gunshot was heard inside the House of Representatives chamber.
Meanwhile, some protesters vandalized and looted the offices of members of United States Congress well some pulled down the American flags well others took pictures holding their own flags inside the United States Capitol building.
The United States Capitol Police evacuated and locked down both chambers of United States Congress and several buildings in the United States Capitol, and soon protesters later occupied the empty United States Senate chamber while federal law enforcement officers defended the evacuated United States House floor.
Meanwhile, pipe bombs were found at each of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters, and Molotov cocktails were discovered in a vehicle near the United States Capitol building.
At around 6:00 p.m. ET, the United States Capitol building was eventually cleared of rioters, and bomb squads swept the United States Capitol building, and by 7:15 p.m. ET, Defense Secretary Miller told the leaders of United States Congress that they were cleared to return to the United States Capitol.
At 8:06 p.m. ET, the United States Vice President Mike Pence called the United States Senate back into session and an hour later Speaker Pelosi called the United States House of Representatives; and after debating and voting down two objections, United States Congress would later voted to confirm Joe Biden’s electoral college win at 3:24 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 7th, 2021.
After the United States Capitol Insurrection, five people died either during or after that day; including one person who was shot by armed security, another died of a drug overdose, and three people died from what medical examiners said was “natural causes,” including the United State Police Officer who died on the night of the insurrection at the United States Capitol building.
Many protesters and members of law enforcement were injured on that day, including 138 police officers, including 73 Capitol Police officers, 65 Metropolitan Police Department officers; and four law enforcement officers who responded to the United States Capitol building died by suicide within seven months.
Authorities arrested 68 arrests on that day of the storming of the United States Capitol, but more arrests would later be made thanks to videos that were posted online by protesters and from news coverage from that day.
As of Thursday, December 14th, 2021, 727 people have so far been charged in their involvement in the Insurrection on the United States Capitol building.
A year after the Insurrection on the United States Capitol building, moment of silence were held for those members of law enforcement well our country continues to be divided on what occurred that day, who started what occurred that day and the voting result that was confirmed after that day.
We will always remember and never forget what occurred a year ago today at the United States Capitol building.