- The US Capitol Building was vandalized during a riot by supporters of President Donald Trump.
- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was broken into with protesters writing “we will not back down” and one rioter taking a piece of her mail.
- One person was killed during the riot and others were injured.
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The nation’s capital entered mandatory curfew at 6 p.m. today following a never-before-seen siege on the US Capitol Building that saw rioters break into the legislature during a joint session of Congress and clash with federal police who attempted to hold them back. Protests surrounding the certification of the Electoral College quickly turned violent as supporters of President Donald Trump descended upon Congress following the president’s speech near the White House.
Law enforcement agencies from around the capital including the United States Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived at the Capitol after the riots were underway. The neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia also sent National Guard and state police across the border into the District to assist.
The siege left at least one person dead by gunshot, law enforcement officials told NBC News and the Washington Post, as well as countless injured. Law enforcement officials guarding the congressional chambers drew their weapons as rioters attempted to enter while pepper spray and tear gas were deployed.
The Capitol itself also sustained damage as rioters broke windows and climbed scaffolding to gain entry. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was also vandalized.
Here’s what the US Capitol Building looked like after rioters failed to overturn the 2020 US election.