The Capitol Insurrection: 1 Year Later

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Kristen Catterson, Editor of Global

On Jan. 6, 2021, hundreds of rioters stormed the United States Capitol in the midst of Congress confirming the 2020 Presidential Election results. They raided the building, flooding into the Senate chamber and storming the historical halls. Capitol police and the National Guard attempted to control the insurrectionists with less-than-lethal munitions. 

President Trump, who hosted a rally just hours before, would later be impeached for his words that allegedly incited the violence. 

He most notably stated, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore” and “we are going to the Capitol.” These comments followed a slew of theories regarding the validity of the 2020 Presidential Election and whether Joe Biden was “really elected.” 

Many people have been left scarred by the insurrection. Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died shortly after the riot from two strokes. He had reportedly been covered in bear spray by two men, however coroners confirmed he died of natural causes. Other officers have been left to deal with the mental repercussions of that day. Four policemen have since committed suicide due to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by the insurrection and painful memories of their near-death experiences. 

So far, according to Business Insider, 753 suspects have been found and charged for their involvement in the riot. One Washington D.C. police officer, Daniel Hodges, was trapped in the mob as a man pinned him against a door using his own shield. The man, later identified as Patrick Edward McCaughey, was arrested after fleeing the Capitol. Many of the insurrectionists have yet to be found, however. 

One year after the Jan. 6 riot, Americans are still arguing over who was responsible and whether violence in this situation was warranted. According to a survey created by the Washington Post, Republicans believe violence against the government is sometimes justified, while an overwhelming 74% of Democrats believe violence is never justified. Additionally, 92% of Democrats say former President Trump was responsible for the riot, while 72% of Republicans believe he was not.

This highlights the ever-present division between modern political parties and the animosity growing between them.

If you recognize anyone on this list, don’t hesitate to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at (1-800-225-5324) or submit your tips to the FBI website.

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