Timeline: Capitol Hill riot
Written by B87FM on January 11, 2021
As a shocked nation watched on Twitter and TV, a pro-Trump mob battled police, broke into the U.S. Capitol, and despatched members of Congress fleeing as lawmakers had been counting Electoral Faculty votes to substantiate the presidential victory of Democrat Joe Biden. Now, 5 individuals are lifeless, together with a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
Most of the rioters got here straight from President Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally” that started hours earlier on the Ellipse, a park close to the White Home. Trump spoke to them for greater than an hour, insisting that the election had been stolen.
“Our nation has had sufficient,” Trump mentioned. “We won’t take it anymore, and that’s what that is all about. To make use of a favourite time period that each one of you folks actually got here up with, we are going to cease the steal.” When he was completed, supporters headed for the Capitol constructing.
Right here is how occasions unfolded. Occasions are estimates.
Crowds of Trump supporters, estimated within the 1000’s, put together for a pro-Trump rally close to the Ellipse. Many started gathering the night time earlier than. Trump tweeted concerning the rally on Dec. 19: “Huge protest in D.C. on January sixth. Be there, be wild!”
Trump’s “Save America Rally” begins first with the president’s sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr., then his lawyer, Rudy Guiliani. Trump begins speaking shortly earlier than midday at about 11:50 a.m. and says, “And after this, we’ll stroll down there, and I will be there with you, we’ll stroll down … to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our courageous senators and congressmen and girls.” Trump speaks for greater than an hour. On the conclusion, 1000’s stroll to the Capitol.
Lawmakers collect for a joint session within the Home of Representatives chamber to rely Electoral Faculty votes.
Rioters start grappling with police on the Capitol steps.
Capitol police order evacuation of Library of Congress, Madison Constructing and Cannon Home Workplace Constructing on Independence Avenue throughout from the Capitol.
C-SPAN experiences rioters have crossed Statuary Corridor, the chamber that separates the Home and Senate, heading for the Home and Senate.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser orders citywide curfew beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. CNN reports District police are asking for more law enforcement.
Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., tweets she is being evacuated after experiences of a pipe bomb exterior. “Supporters of the President try to power their means into the Capitol and I can hear what feels like a number of gunshots.”
Rioters breach police strains on the west aspect of the Capitol.
Moments later, rioters scale the partitions.
Experiences say Vice President Mike Pence has been escorted out of the Senate chamber.
Trump tweets, “Mike Pence didn’t have the braveness to do what ought to have been completed to guard our Nation and our Structure, giving States an opportunity to certify a corrected set of info, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they had been requested to beforehand certify. USA calls for the reality!”
Trump tweets, “Please help our Capitol Police and Legislation Enforcement. They’re really on the aspect of our Nation. Keep peaceable!”
Rioters are photographed breaking Capitol home windows.
Photographs are reported fired in the Home chamber.
Huffington Publish reporter tweets picture of rioters at dais. “They’re within the chamber.”
Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., tweets he has been safely moved from the Home chamber. He says he and others got an escape hood, a respiratory hood and masks for defense in fires or chemical accidents.
Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tennessee, texts “pictures fired.”
Rioters are photographed on the Senate ground.
Trump tweets: “I’m asking for everybody on the U.S. Capitol to stay peaceable. No violence! Bear in mind, WE are the Get together of Legislation & Order – respect the Legislation and our nice women and men in Blue. Thanks!”
CBS experiences a lady is in important situation after being shot within the neck contained in the Capitol. Police later report the lady died. She was recognized as Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Drive veteran. Her husband was quoted as saying she was a robust supporter of Trump.
In an account to WUSA9, a purported witness explains what occurred, saying they’d stormed the constructing and she or he was climbing by the window. He says armed police and Secret Service repeatedly warned to get again, however “she did not heed the decision,” after which they shot her.
The District of Columbia Nationwide Guard, about 1,100 troops, is mobilized to help native legislation enforcement.
A congressional correspondent tweets that congressional leaders are being evacuated from the Capitol.
In a tweeted video lasting simply over a minute, Trump says, partly: “I do know your ache. I do know you’re damage. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everybody is aware of it, particularly the opposite aspect. However you must go residence now. We have now to have peace. We have now to have legislation and order. … So go residence. We love you, you’re very particular. … I understand how you are feeling. However go residence and go residence in peace.”
A few of Trump’s tweets addressing the riot had been deleted. Twitter bans the president from tweeting for 12 hours. Twitter first froze the tweets and would not permit feedback or retweets, then the ban was imposed.
Congress reconvenes to renew counting Electoral Faculty votes.
D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee mentioned that, along with the lady shot by Capitol police, two males and one lady died in “separate medical emergencies.” A minimum of 14 of Contee’s officers had been injured in the course of the demonstrations, he mentioned. Two pipe bombs had been recovered, one on the Democratic Nationwide Committee and the opposite one on the Republican Nationwide Committee.
Police recognized the lady shot and killed in the course of the riot as Ashli Babbitt, 35, of San Diego, who was a army veteran.
“As protesters had been forcing their means towards the Home Chamber the place Members of Congress had been sheltering in place, a sworn (U.S. Capitol Police) worker discharged their service weapon, hanging an grownup feminine,” police mentioned in a press release Thursday.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer died Thursday after being injured when supporters of President Donald Trump raided the Capitol constructing on Wednesday, bringing the whole variety of fatalities to 5.
Brian D. Sicknick “was injured whereas bodily partaking with protesters” on Wednesday, USCP mentioned in a press release. He returned to his division workplace and collapsed, then was taken to a neighborhood hospital the place he died Thursday night.
“The loss of life of Officer Sicknick shall be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Division’s Murder Department, the USCP, and our federal companions,” the USCP mentioned in a press release.
The opposite three who perished had been Benjamin Phillips, 50, from Ringtown, Pennsylvania; Kevin Greeson, 55, from Athens, Alabama; and Rosanne Boyland, 34, from Kennesaw, Georgia. Contee mentioned Thursday all three died on Capitol grounds, however he did not specify how.
Police made a minimum of 68 arrests, 41 of of them on Capitol grounds, Contee mentioned. Solely a type of detained was from D.C., he mentioned.
SOURCE USA TODAY Community reporting and analysis; The Related Press; a number of media experiences
PHOTO CREDIT AP Picture/J. Scott Applewhite; Picture by Win McNamee/Getty Photographs; AP Picture/Andrew Harnik
Christal Hayes and Will Carless contributed with experiences from the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Additionally contributing: Mitchell Thorson, Carlie Procell, Sean Dougherty, David Baratz, Emily Johnson, Rachel Stassen-Berger, Dinah Pulver, Jim Sergent, Susan Web page, Dennis Wagner, Hannah Gaber, Jasper Colt, and Shawn Sullivan.