A year after the Capitol riots


Zena Starr

The deadly January 6th riots were a little over a year ago. Around 2,500 protesters gathered around the United States Capitol and protested what they saw as election fraud.

Kenshin Dean, Commentary Editor

The Capitol riots occurred a year ago. Thousands of protesters, called to action by President Donald Trump, gathered in Washington, D.C., in order to protest what Trump saw as a fraudulent election result. 

The riot resulted in five deaths and over 140 injured policemen, according to the New York Times.

Rioters committed multiple acts of violence, vandalism and theft. Many occupied the Capitol building for several hours until Trump released a video that told the rioters to “go home in peace.”

More than 725 people have been arrested and charged while at least 165 have pleaded guilty in connection with the Capitol riot, a day that will be remembered for years to come, according to NPR.

Since there was an estimated amount of 2,500 people that entered the Capitol during the riot, there are more rioters that need to be held accountable. Many rioters are still in prison.

The Capitol riots still have lasting repercussions in American politics and President Biden addressed the country on its one-year anniversary.  The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to create an independent commission to investigate the attack.

However, the Senate fell short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster used to stall legislation, thus blocking the creation of the commission. Instead, both the Senate and House created committees to investigate the events of the riots, which has uncovered many correspondences between the Trump administration and media personalities. It also exposed the administration’s failure to deploy National Guard troops to disperse the crowds, a mistake many country leaders say will not happen again.

According to ABC News, Tom Manger felt they didn’t have the right training at the time. Manger, the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, “expressed confidence… that his force would be able to effectively prevent any similar kind of attack on the nation’s legislative branch from happening again.”

President Joe Biden, who was verified into office during the riots, mentioned Trump in his anniversary address indirectly, saying that he “created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”

He also offered his condolences towards the five people who lost their lives during the riots. Biden called for unity, saying that the “darkest days can lead to light and hope.”