Sherwin additionally sounded very annoyed with the police who let the mob simply go away the scene of the crime. “A whole lot of individuals flooded the Capitol and weren’t [handcuffed] by police,” he mentioned. “I don’t wish to be Monday morning quarterbacking to say why they didn’t do it, however it made our job tougher.”
Sherwin mentioned his workplace has already charged 55 circumstances, together with 40 individuals charged in D.C. Superior Courtroom with illegal entry of public property, with potential curfew violation costs to come back. Some had been additionally charged on firearms offenses, together with somebody who had a “navy fashion automated weapon” and 11 Molotov cocktails. As a result of these persons are terrorists. One other was charged with assaulting a police officer with a hockey stick. There’s additionally a murder investigation after a Capitol Police officer died of accidents sustained within the invasion.
Fifteen circumstances involving federal costs are being introduced thus far, together with a person discovered after curfew on the Capitol grounds carrying a bulletproof vest and carrying a 9mm handgun with a spherical within the firing chamber, two totally loaded 12-round magazines, and a fuel masks.
Then there are ongoing investigations into thefts from Capitol places of work, together with of electronics and recordsdata which will elevate nationwide safety considerations.
Across the nation, U.S. attorneys said they would prosecute people in their districts who participated, with The American Prospect’s Marcia Brown retaining a useful working listing. That listing contains prosecutors in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
A pair stand out, like this warning issued on the afternoon of Jan. 6 by a prosecutor who actually, actually needed individuals to know he was severe:
A number of the U.S. attorneys particularly cited the intent to prosecute individuals who traveled from their jurisdictions with the intent to commit these crimes. Intent might be arduous to show, however it might be much less so right here given what number of of those individuals ran their mouths extensively on right-wing web sites.
Sadly that is all enjoying catch-up after the Capitol Police so dramatically screwed up, first by leaving the Capitol susceptible to a terrorist assault that they had full warning was coming, after which by not making arrests as individuals left the scene.