Aftermath of the Capitol riots


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Riot Police gathered outside the Capitol building hours prior to the riots and eventual break-in.

Owen McAdams, Staff Writer

January 6 will live on in infamy as the day where rioters pledging allegiance to President Donald Trump stormed into the Capitol building in Washington D.C.  

Crowds broke into the Capitol building damaging and stealing federal property, forcing Congress members to take shelter in locked down areas of the building. It was revealed that some of the rioters were armed, however no skirmish took place. 

Over 160 case files have been opened since the riots, with over 70 people being charged on acts of domestic terrorism, seditious conspiracy and insurrection, said Michael Sherwin, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia on Tuesday. Over 110 officers from the D.C. Metro Police and Capitol Police have been injured due to the riots. 

Junior Michael Schworn shared some insight on how this has affected high schoolers. “It is an unnerving time, with both coronavirus and now this. The problem is that I feel almost helpless to the situation that’s unfolding. Most of it seems out of my control.”  

Fellow junior Ed Gault said, “We are living in a tough time that we all must get through. It has definitely made people a little crazy. I just hope that things calm down before I graduate. It is a very scary time to be thrown into the world. There is a lot of friction politically in America right now.”  

The FBI has released four posters which show a myriad of suspected rioters who are wanted for their part in storming the Capitol. The head of the FBI’s Washington field office, Steven D’Antuono, said on Jan. 13 that the FBI has received over 100,000 videos and photographs from the public regarding information on those wanted by authorities.  

Five people have died as a result of the riots, with three people identified as Rosanne Boyland, Benjamin Phillips, and Kevin Greeson died stemming from “medical emergencies” correlating to the break-in. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick was fatally injured after being beat on the head with a fire extinguisherand a woman who was identified as Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was mortally wounded from a shot after attempting to climb into the barricaded-off Speaker’s Lobby.  

As a result of the riotswhich the House of Representatives says was incited by President Trump, voted to impeach him for a second time, which makes him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. The article of impeachment will now move to the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is required to follow through with removal from office.