Police continue to make arrests following Wednesday’s violent mob that stormed the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
There have been at least 82 people arrested, according to tallies. The number is expected to grow considerably after police said they had made at least 52 arrests, with 26 arrested on Capitol grounds. Videos and pictures showed thousands on the Capitol grounds.
The riot, which was incited by President Trump, resulted in five deaths.
The FBI’s official website said it “is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol building and surrounding area in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021.
“We have deployed our full investigative resources and are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in criminal activity during the events of January 6.”
More than 60 of the people arrested will be charged with violating the 6 p.m. curfew set by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday, and 37 will face unlawful entry charges. On Friday, the Justice Department noted that 13 people had been charged in federal court.
Other rioters will be hit with various gun charges, intoxication, resisting arrest, property damage, and assault charges. Some will be charged with more than one offense.
Crowd Counting Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Connecticut and Harvard that tracks protests, estimates that anywhere between 3,000 and 20,000 people participated in the riot at the Capitol.
Although the rioters were essentially allowed to leave Washington following the riot without any consequences, law enforcement, including the FBI, are determined to track down rioters.
“Make no mistake: With our partners, we will hold accountable those who participated in yesterday’s siege of the Capitol,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday in a statement.
So far, platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit have been used to identify rioters. One of the notable arrests made was that of Derrick Evans, a Republican member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates.
Evans shared a now-deleted livestream of himself entering the Capitol building and later claimed he was there as an independent member of the media.
However, an FBI agent was able to review the livestream, which was reposted on Reddit. Evans has been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering or remaining on restricted grounds. He resigned on Saturday,
Officials continue to make arrests while asking for tips from the public and searching social media to track down suspects who participated in the violent mob that stormed the Capitol.
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