FBI’s Washington Field Office Asks Public for Tips, Photos, and Videos of Capitol Insurrectionists

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Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress met to formally certify the election in Joe Biden’s favour, smashing windows and breaking down doors as lawmakers and their aides scurried to safety. The US Army deployed the DC National Guard and sent soldiers to the Capitol Building, while city authorities imposed a 6 pm curfew.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office has issued a bulletin calling on members of the public to help identify protesters who broke into the Capitol Building on Wednesday and caused a ruckus.

The FBI specified that it was accepting both tips and digital media “depicting rioting and violence” in the Capitol Building and surrounding area, and urged people “to submit any information photos, or videos that could be relevant” via a special form on the bureau’s website.

At least 52 people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s events, according to Metropolitan DC Police. Four protesters are dead, with one – former Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt – reportedly succumbing to a gunshot wound to the head. Six people including one law enforcement officer have been sent to hospital with injuries of varying severity.

Users have posted hundreds of photos and dozens of videos from the scene of the unrest on social media, with images featuring a wide range of activity, from protesters smashing down doors and windows to break into the Capitol…

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