The Capitol Riot: An Introduction

by Gloria Yao ’24

Source: The Guardian

Published Feb. 18th, 2021

On January 6th, 2021, supporters of Former President Donald Trump stormed into the Capitol Building. Lawmakers were forced to evacuate the building, and the fallout of the riot left five individuals dead, more than 100 injured, and countless protestors facing prosecution. More than ninety people were arrested the Friday following the attack, according to the Associated Press. Fifty Capitol and Washington police officers were injured according to data released by MPD and Capitol Police. 

Many rioters were located by the FBI through social media posts and are currently being tried for their crimes. According to Acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen, the Department of Justice is “committed to ensure that those responsible for this attack on our Government and the rule of law face the full consequences of their actions under the law.” Prosecutors have been working with investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, and public to try and gather more information and identification of the rioters. 

Authorities eventually regained control of the Capitol and heavily armed officers brought in reinforcements, using tear gas in a coordinated effort to remove the rioters. 

Joe Biden responded to the mob when he called on former President Trump to “go on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege,” after the former president demanded his constituency to “stop the steal.”

With the deaths of many police officers and protestors, these riots will be remembered for years. 

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