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: Been 2 years since the United States Capitol Insurrection that 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.
According to the United States Department of Justice, the following is the latest details of arrests, criminals charges, pleas and sentencings as of Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.
More than 950 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (This includes those charged in both District and Superior Court).
More than 284 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including approximately 99 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.
Approximately 140 police officers were assaulted January 6 at the Capitol, including about 80 from the U.S. Capitol Police and about 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Approximately 11 individuals have been arrested on a series of charges that relate to assaulting a member of the media, or destroying their equipment, on January 6.
Approximately 860 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds. Of those, 91 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
Approximately 59 defendants have been charged with destruction of government property, and approximately 36 defendants have been charged with theft of government property.
More than 295 defendants have been charged with corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding, or attempting to do so.
Approximately 50 defendants have been charged with conspiracy, either: (a) conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding, (b) conspiracy to obstruct law enforcement during a civil disorder, (c) conspiracy to injure an officer, (d) seditious conspiracy, or some combination of the four.
Approximately 484 individuals have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges, many of whom faced or will face incarceration at sentencing.
Approximately 119 have pleaded guilty to felonies. Another 364 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.
A total of 52 of those who have pleaded guilty to felonies have pleaded to federal charges of assaulting law enforcement officers.
An additional 22 individuals have pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder. Of these 74 defendants, 41 have now been sentenced to prison terms of up to 90 months.
Four of those who have pleaded guilty to felonies have pleaded guilty to the federal charge of seditious conspiracy.
40 individuals have been found guilty at contested trials, including 3 who were found guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Another 10 individuals have been convicted following an agreed-upon set of facts. 16 of these 50 defendants were found guilty of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, a felony, including one who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Approximately 351 federal defendants have had their cases adjudicated and received sentences for their criminal activity on January 6.
Approximately 192 have been sentenced to periods of incarceration.
Approximately 87 defendants have been sentenced to a period of home detention, including approximately 14 who also were sentenced to a period of incarceration.
On Friday, January 6th, 2023, 2 years 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 2 years ago today at the United States Capitol building.