The Justice Department announced the first round of arrests and indictments arising from the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday Riot by a pro-Trump mob, with a West Virginia state legislature among the defendants.
Derrick Evans, a recently elected Republican lawmaker from West Virginia, was arrested and charged with illegal entry. Evans streamed live into the beleaguered Capitol. His lawyer said the local news agency WVNS that Evans is innocent, that his actions were protected by First Amendment activity, and that Evans would not resign.
Alabama-based Lonnie Coffman was also arrested and charged with carrying 11 Molotov cocktails on the Capitol grounds. After a statutory declaration The today unsealed Capitol Police, who were sweeping the Capitol grounds, found a pistol, an M4 carbine and 11 jars filled with gasoline, as well as rags and lighters in Coffman’s truck.
And in Arkansas, Richard Barnett, photographed with his feet up on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested and accused of having entered and remained there for restricted reasons, forcible entry and theft of public property.
The Justice Department announced charges against 11 other people in connection with the riot.
Five people died in the chaos, including an unarmed woman who was fatally shot in the throat by a police officer. One Capitol cop, Brian Sicknick, was there Declared dead last night Due to injuries in hand-to-hand combat, which greatly increases the severity of the potential charges that some of the rioters may face.
Officials from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office said on a call with reporters today that they have hundreds of investigators and prosecutors working on the cases.
“Our thoughts and prayers go with the family and colleagues of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died last night of injuries sustained while defending the US Capitol, against the violent mob that it stormed on January 6th, “Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a press release. “The FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department will be investigating the case together, and the Justice Department will not devote resources to investigation and accountability of those responsible.”
Today’s charges and arrests follow 40 defendants charged yesterday with illegal entry.
Some Democrats are already levying tougher sentences and new laws in response to the insurgency. For example, the House Committee on Homeland Security is asking the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to add participants to the no-fly list.
After calling on flight attendants to exclude insurgents from flights from DC, the House Homeland Security Committee is now calling on the FBI and TSA to add the perpetrators to the no-fly list. pic.twitter.com/dvWcRiOVpD
– Sam Mintz (@samjmintz) January 7, 2021
reason Has often explained why the no-fly list is a civil liberties nightmare, namely that anyone who is bet on it is impossible, even inadvertently, to question its inclusion.
Other ideas are Adding a domestic terrorism law to the books. “Domestic terrorism” is currently not and should not be a federal crime. As reasonJD Tuccille arguedSuch a law “must threaten freedom more than hinder terrorists.”
Laws regulating mob actions are already in place, and rioters can be prosecuted without resorting to unaccountable government lists or vague new crimes.