U.S. Capitol attack charges
January 5, 2022 - Federal prosecutors have charged over 720 people since supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in January 2021 in a bid to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
The January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC was neither a spontaneous act nor an isolated event. Within a week of the riot, which led to five deaths, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors” -- for inciting the insurrection against the federal government at the Capitol. However, on February 13, the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump in a 57-43 vote.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, 729 people are under arrest. Two hundred and twenty-five people face charges of assault or resisting arrest, more than 75 of those allegedly for using a deadly or dangerous weapon against police officers -- 140 police officers, including Capitol officers and the D.C. police department members, were attacked.
Some 640 people allegedly entered a restricted federal building or its grounds, including 75 armed with a dangerous weapon.
According to the “Capitol Breach Case” database, 162 individuals pleaded guilty to federal charges, from misdemeanours to felony obstruction.
Of the 70 defendants sentenced, 31 people are in jail and 18 are under home detention. The remaining 21 defendants are on probation.
In December, Robert Scott Palmer, 54, received the longest prison term of five years for breaking into the Capitol building and attacking police officers with a wooden plank and a fire extinguisher.
Five people died during or soon after the riot. One woman, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol police. According to the Architect of the Capitol estimates, the attack caused about $1.5 million worth of damage to the building.
- Capitol Breach Cases (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia)
- 151 rioters have pleaded guilty for their role in the Capitol insurrection so far. This table is tracking them all (Insider)
- The Capitol siege: The cases behind the biggest criminal investigation in U.S. history (NPR)
- After 50 rioters sentenced for January 6 insurrection, a debate rages over what justice looks like (CNN)