January 6: The Day the Capitol Erupted


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Wednesday Jan. 6, the President’s supporters traveled to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to protest the election results. The situation intensified and became national news.

Alexa Morse, Opinions-Editorial Editor

On Jan. 6, 2021, Congress met to certify the Electoral College votes. In an attempt to overturn the election results, supporters of President Trump gathered together at the Capitol.

Congress was set to meet at 1 p.m. EST., but proceedings were halted when protesters began to get around the police on the stairs of the building.

Around 1:43 p.m. protesters got into the Capitol building. Minutes later, the mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, set a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day.

Over the next hour, protesters, which many began to call rioters, began to destroy property inside the Capitol. Many participants stole signs, mail, and one protester, Adam Johnson, stole Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. 

As more people went into the Capitol, Ashli Babbitt, a retired Air Force veteran and Republican, was seen to have been climbing a glass panel. Seconds later, gunshots were heard and it was revealed Ashli was shot in the neck by a police officer in plain clothes. It was later reported that she passed away from the injury.

Members of Congress were evacuated out of the chambers. Over the next couple of hours, many of the members took to social media to state that they had been moved to secure locations.

At 2:44 p.m., shots were reported to have been fired in the house chamber after it had been breached.

Around 4 p.m., The District of Columbia National Guard mobilized troops to assist the Capitol police. After the increase in law enforcement, the group involved in the event eventually left Capitol grounds. Due to the curfew, if anyone remained on Capitol property, they could be subject to arrest.

Once the building was deemed safe, Congress was able to reconvene around 8 p.m. They worked all through the night. All objections proposed were denied and Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s win at 3:45 a.m. 

Since the event, there have been over 100 arrests; also, airlines located in and around D.C. have implemented no-fly lists for people that have been identified as part of the illegal activities. 

As of Jan. 11, there have been 6 deaths related to the attack on the Capitol.