Capitol Riots: Here’s What Happened On The Day

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Today, January 6, marks one year since the shocking insurrection at the US Capitol in Washington DC, where Donald Trump supporters stormed the building in protest of Joe Biden’s presidential win. 

The news of a protest in the City on January 6 was not surprising. Trump had rallied his supporters weeks earlier with a tweet that read: ‘Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!’

Just how? ‘wild’However, it was impossible to have foreseen the outcome of these events. Following the news that Trump had lost the 2020 election in 2020, many supporters rallied near the Ellipse. They were ready to express their disapproval as well as promote their belief that Trump won. ‘stolen’From the Republican.

At the same moment, a joint session was being prepared to meet in order to formalise results.

Trump greeted the crowd just before midday, speaking for more than hour as he spouted unfounded claims about Biden’s supposedly unlawful success and told his supporters that they would ‘fight like hell’.

Per USA TodayHe continued: ‘If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore. So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue – I love Pennsylvania Avenue – and we are going to the Capitol.’

Following Trump’s instructions, the crowds began to make their way to the Capitol. It wasn’t long before the scene descended into chaos as rioters began challenging police on the steps of the Capitol building, resulting in the building being placed under lockdown and both chambers of Congress being evacuated.

Just after 2.00pm, rioters including members of the far-right organisation Proud Boys breached police lines and started to scale the walls of one of the most important buildings in the US.

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Rioters broke windows to gain entry to the Senate and House. They refused to stop even when confronted with Eugene Goodman and other officers, and he put his safety at risk to lead them out of the Senate doors.

Trump encouraged his supporters during the chaos to ‘stay peaceful’In a tweet, he wrote: ‘Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country.’

Reports of shots being fired continued in spite of Trump’s tweet, and by 4.00pm there was news of at least one person having been struck by gunfire.

Around 1,100 soldiers were mobilised from District of Columbia National Guard to end chaos. Trump encouraged people to ‘go home and go home in peace’. Twitter then banned the president’s tweeting for 12 hour periods, and then permanently banned him.

Over the following hours and days, it was revealed that approximately 150 law enforcement officers were hurt in the riots. In addition, five people died: Ashli Babbitt (military veteran), US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, Benjamin Phillips (50), Kevin Greeson (55) and Rosanne Boyland (34).

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Capitol Police and White House issued a statement on January 9 stating that Howard Charles Liebengood died while on-duty as a Capitol Police officer. Officials did not disclose the cause of the officer’s death, but a family spokesperson cited by news sources said he died by suicide.

Trump was impeached by a bipartisan House majority one week later for inciting insurrection. The charges against Trump were ultimately dropped after the vote did not receive the required two thirds majority.

According to reports, more than 700 people were arrested in connection with the riot. More than 150 have pleaded guilty. KDKA. Dozens of defendants have been sentenced to jail time, and investigators continue to search for more than 350 individuals who are thought to have been involved.

Trump is still receiving support from his party members, and many are hopeful that he will run again for office in 2024.

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