When Congress meets to confirm the presidential election, it is usually ceremonial and smooth. Wednesday was anything but when lawmakers gathered to count the electoral votes from the November vote.
The session ran into chaos as President Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol, forcing buildings to lock and infiltrating offices and chambers.
How videos and pictures came about protest-turned-disorder, the focus was on how the attack was resolved – and how it differed greatly from the administration which had passed the nation over many months before.
At around 2 p.m., protesters somehow broke through inside the Capitol building, where Congress was to meet until the end. counting electoral votes. The process was stopped and the building was put under blockade as Trump supporters smashed windows and tried to force their way inside.
Members of Congress were evacuated and shortly thereafter protesters raided Senate offices and the chamber. Photos show many of them stealing documents and artifacts from the building, including the podium.
It took hours for the National Guard to be deployed to the scene.
At the end of the day, Metro DC police reported that four people died during the chaos, including one woman who was shot by police. More than 52 people were arrested, most for offenses related to imposed DC Mayor Muriel Bowser at 6 p.m.
The siege came after months marked by racial injustice protests, some of which were marred by violence.
Before September last year. Approximately 21% of them were black – a statistic that played a major role in the anger across the country.
Thousands of people spent months demonstrating against racial injustice, and CBS News and its affiliates reported dozens of cases of people being injured, sometimes fatally, in interaction with police in the process. Many officials criticized the protests, including Mr Trump, who insisted some of them were actions. “thieves. “
Here’s a look at Wednesday’s siege at the capital’s protests and black lives in 2020 and how officials reacted differently:
On Wednesday, Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, where they were greeted by Capitol police. They still found themselves in the Senate chamber.
On July 26 last year, federal police knocked down a protester in downtown Portland, Oregon, whom they then arrested, according to a photographer who testified. The incident happened after 56 days of demonstrations in the area as people protested the May 25 death of George Floyd.
On Wednesday, a police officer was seen calmly persuading Trump supporters to break into the U.S. Capitol.
On September 25, 2020, protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, who demonstrated against Attorney General Daniel Cameron leading the proceedings over the death of Breonne Taylor, greeted police armed with riot gear.
A large group of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after it became violent as they protested against the results of the presidential election.
People in New York City gathered on Sept. 24, 2020, to protest the Kentucky jury’s decision to charge just one Louisville subway police officer out of several who were involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. At that protest and many others, the protesters knelt to protest peacefully against that decision.
After breaking into the Capitol, Trump supporters entered the Senate chamber on Wednesday, where they searched documents, walked through tables and took photos.
About four months earlier, protesters had gathered in Rochester, New York, to demonstrate the death of Daniel Prude, who died in March when police put a “hood” over Rochester’s head and nailed him to the ground. The protesters were greeted by dozens of police in protective gear.
A U.S. Capitol police officer helped one of the protesters on Wednesday, who was influenced by chemical agents with whom police were trying to disperse the crowd.
In Washington, DC, on June 10 last year, protesters gathered near the Lincoln Memorial to protest police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd.
Trump supporters who took part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol stole items from the building. This man took Nancy Pelosi’s podium and carried it through the building’s Rotunda as he smiled and waved to the photographers.
Following an incident in which a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back, Kenosha police in the state of Wisconsin set up an armed perimeter around the Kenosha County Courthouse.