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Police confirm deaths in Capitol riots

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Jose Luis Magana

Police confirm deaths in Capitol riots

Four people died as rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Washington police Chief Robert Contee said. One woman was shot by Capitol Police, and three others had medical emergencies amid the chaos. Media reports identified the slain woman as Ashli Babbitt, a supporter of President Donald Trump and an Air Force veteran from Southern California.

Lawmakers had convened Wednesday to certify the results of the Electoral College vote but had to evacuate the House and Senate as a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overwhelmed Capitol Police and forced an hourslong lockdown. While legislators and staffers barricaded themselves in offices, the rioters took over the presiding officer’s chair in the Senate and roamed the halls pounding on doors. They posed mockingly for photos in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The National Guard deployed to reinforce police, and they drove out the protesters and secured the Capitol so congressional proceedings could resume.

What sparked the protests? In December, Trump called for his supporters to rally in Washington the day that Congress certified the Electoral College count. He spoke to participants outside the White House on Wednesday, saying, “We will never give up, we will never concede. … Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.” He said it was up to him and his supporters “to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.” He encouraged them to march to the Capitol without specifically telling them to break inside.

How did Trump respond? As the confrontation unfolded, lawmakers asked the president to tell the protesters to relent. “I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace,” Trump said in a video message posted to Twitter. He later tweeted, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.” Twitter deleted both of those tweets and locked the president’s account for 12 hours, saying he violated the platform’s “civic integrity policy.”

Is the city safe now? Washington police said they arrested 15 people on charges related to the unrest and 30 more for violating a 6 p.m. curfew. They recovered two pipe bombs, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee. Police also found a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on the Electoral College tally and the president’s controversial phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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Thank you for the reply, "not silent".  I agree that many things happened which I did not see and I am not aware of.  I should have more carefully worded my complaint, as I certainly do not believe that what I see is the definition of reality.  And I do not mean to say that no Trump supporters were involved.  Clearly many were.

My complaint is that World is guilty (on this issue and some others) of the same kind of one-sided, shallow reporting that we find in the mainstream media.  It's not that their facts are false.  But they only present one side of the facts.  World and mainstream media tell us that police were "overwhelmed".  There are examples of that.  But there are also well-documented examples of police removing barriers, and opening doors, inviting protestors to "break in".  Why no mention of that?

There are also examples of false flag participants, individuals who were there to pose as violent Trump supporters.  You say there is no evidence of that.  Perhaps you meant to say that you haven't seen the evidence.  I wasn't expecting a full report on Antifa, but I do expect World to be more aware of available evidence, and to present it with balance.  When readers have to go elsewhere to get a fuller picture of the story, well, they go elsewhere.

I appreciate your call to prayer, and your reminder that we need the wisdom which God alone provides.  I extend the peace of Christ to you.

not silent

For Gary G.,if you did not see examples of police being overwhelmed, it's not because there WERE no videos like that. It's because whatever source(s) you were using either didn't have access to them or didn't show them. I saw SEVERAL videos via numerous sources that showed police being pushed back and attacked and one in which a police officer was screaming as he was crushed by the crowd.  Before seeing those videos, I was also puzzled by the fact that the police seemed to yield too easily; but the videos made it clear the situation was frightening and dangerous. One protestor was shot, several others died of medical emergencies, and a police officer died after being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher. 

I will say that I DO find it odd that the police were so outnumbered and unprepared and that the National Guard was not already on site.  Everyone in my household knew before Wednesday that there would be some degree of trouble based on comments we read (i.e., some of our Christian friends were posting comments about fighting, civil war, and secession).  

Since many of the rioters clearly showed their faces and/or livestreamed themselves taking part, even stating their names, it has been rather easy to identify who they were.  I have seen many who self-identified as Trump supporters and said so openly on film.  I am not sure why World would do a report on Antifa right now when there is no real evidence that Antifa was involved and SIGNIFICANT evidence to the contrary.    

You don't have to agree with me about politics, Gary; and you can obviously form your own opinion about the info I've shared.  But I think we can agree with the need to pray for God's wisdom and truth and for his will to be done. I fear what may lie ahead with the incoming administration-and frankly, it wouldn't have been my choice-but I believe it is coming in legally and fairly. I pray all the time for God to show me how to live in these challenging times, and I appreciate commenters sharing their views and challenging me.  


“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”

Why didn't the social media, who seem to be in control of anyone's thoughts? Why didn't they control what Obama said in response to OBAMA's FOLLOWERS SHOOTING POLICE officers? He basically said police get what they deserve. Pay back. NO ONE seemed excited about what happened next. Police were shot and the shooters were praised openly on line.


And they NEVER ARREST ANTIFA members who would shoot Trump supporters.

Those 2 people probably identified Antifa and had to be shot.  


Blessings, thank you for your gentle and respectful words, reminding me of the courtesy and restraint that I witnessed (with sadness) in Vice President Mike Pence. His letter to the Joint Session of Congress reveals a godly person, Mike Pence’s Letter to Congress – READ IN FULL - Liberty Nation, just as your words reveal the same about you.

You are indeed of "the tribe of Joseph" (from the fifth Anne of Green Gables book, Anne's House of Dreams). May your tribe increase and may you experience blessings unlimited.


"Whoever controls the information, controls the perception, and subsequently the outcome of any event." Exactly! "Social platforms remove video of Trump calling on protesters to leave the Capitol in peace." Facebook, Twitter Lock Trump Out of His Account for the First Time (theepochtimes.com)


Thank you very much.  I'll take an eye witness report and form my own analyis over media and arm chair quarterbacks anyday.  The key to a more comprehensive understanding of any situation is the breadth and accuracy of the info sources.  In what is called "the informationa age" it sure is difficult to get the truth on what is happening.  Pray, pray, pary.... God knows the truth, He IS the Truth and He is in control of everything!


Some folks on this site seem to be trying to influence opinion more than is appropriate for true, peace seeking, believers.  You know who you are and so does everyone else.

not silent

I believe there were peaceful people in the crowd at the Capitol, but even you admit that some of them made a bad choice.  Your were there.  Didn't Mr.Trump say he would go with the crowd to the Capitol?  Why didn't he go?  (i.e., couldn't he have STOPPED some of those bad choices?)  The crowd may have been chanting, "Support our blue," but a large number of them pushed back the police and kept them from doing their jobs!  I doubt the police felt very supported at that moment.

You may be unaware that there were protestors this summer who were saying the same things you are saying now-that they were just there to make sure justice was done and that they were not the ones doing the violence. Violence and looting are terrible, and I was horrified by the burning and looting this summer.  But I am amazed that you don't realize why it is MORE horrifying to have a crowd break into a building that is literally the heart of our nation's government with the stated purpose of keeping legally elected officials from doing their jobs-paricularly when there have been weeks of posts online which I have personally seen which were talking about civil war and "secession." YOU may not personally feel that way, but a signficant number of people in the crowd with you apparently did. 

Respectfully, it sounds to me like you are telling us to believe the viewpoint provided by some refugees who came to the US from China over the views of our own courts and insitutions here in America. It wasn't the media that decided those cases. It was the COURTS. And it wasn't just one court that dismissed the charges.  In every case there was legal precedent for dismissing the charges.  I listened to the legal precedent.  I HAVE looked at the evidence.   I have great respect for refugess who flee persecution, but I don't consider them more expert about our legal system and laws than our own courts and appointed officials!  


not silent

For Becky, I believe your friend was telling the truth about what they saw.  But, if your friend was not actually there for the events at the capitol building, they are speculating about who participated in it.  I wasn't there, but I and thousands of others have seen videos showing a large crowd of people marching directly from the speech to the Capitol building and causing chaos and violence. I believe that some and possibly most people who were there for the speech were not there to cause chaos, but it seems clear to me that some of the people who were there came prepared to do exactly what we saw them do. It's also well-known that sometimes people who did not intend to commit criminal acts can get caught up in "mob mentality" and do things they would not normally do. 

Whether or not Mr. Trump explicitly told people to commit these acts, he said to be there on Jan 6 and that it would be "wild."  I grew up in the South and, for some, that would be like saying "Get ready to rumble." In other words, it would be interpreted as an endorsement for violence and fighting. I don't know if Mr. Trump intended that to be the message, and I believe that your friend(s) did not interpret it that way; but I can assure you that is what some other people heard. I previously saw posts online by people I knew to be supporters of Mr. Trump that either suggested that violence should happen yesterday or strongly implied it (some were talking about "secession," which is what caused the Civil War.").  I'm sure you realize that it is possible for peaceful protests to suddenly turn violent when certain groups or individuals in them start inciting it (i.e., several protests this summer about social justice started peacefully and became riots; and in some cases, the original protestors tried to STOP the violence). 

If you have proof that some group other than Trump supporters was responsible, please provide it; but the people I saw were carrying Confederate flags, Trump flags, and White supremacist flags and symbols and they were shouting slogans that I have heard shouted by Trump supporters.  If someone shouted "Allah Ahkbar" while committing an act of terror, what would you say to me if I responded, "That couldn't have been a Muslim because the Muslims I know are all peaceful. It must have been a Christian because the Christians I knew were abusers and bullies"? (For the record, I DO know some Muslims; and they are all peaceful and love the US.  And I was abused and bullied by some Christians. People are complicated and the ONLY perfect person was Jesus Christ.) 

I can imagine how hard it is to believe that people on "your side" would do this, and I sympathize. I debated atheists online for years, and I had to constantly address atrocities committed by Christians or people who claimed to be Christians in the past (i.e., the slaughter of Jewish people by Crusaders; the Inqisition; the fact that Hitler's Nazi's had a slogan on their uniforms saying "God with us").  When we were able to go deeper, it usually came back to some terrible act of abuse committed against them personally by someone who claimed to be a Christian. I couldn't deny that people who claimed to be followers of Christ had done terrible things; but I could point out that what they did was not consistent with the teachings of Jesus or the Bible, and that the responsibility was with the person who did it, not with God.  (I also pointed out that the fact that some non-religious people also commit terrible acts shows that the problem is not caused by religion but by flawed human nature.) 

It's easy to consider "my group" the "good guys" and the "other group" evil, but we are ALL evil and need salvation from Jesus.  And I think we can all agree that the violence that was done yesterday does not reflect the teachings of Christ or the principles of our nation and our Constitution. 


Tim Miller, I hope and pray that you are right about it being the end of the Trump era. I see too many of my own friends and family, as well as commenters here, who seem to be entrenched in Trumpism. In their fear of "losing our country," they have shot it in the heart.

Steve SoCal

Just like the leftist mobs this last summer, these right-wing protesters are being whipped up and used by deceptive and selfish people who are pushing for power and influence for their own egos and agendas.  I still believe that the vast majority of Americans are reasonable, care about actual issues of importance, and will ultimately be able to see the lies of the extremists.