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Virginia governor announces state of emergency in response to rioting at US Capitol

Virginia governor announces state of emergency in response to rioting at US Capitol

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he is issuing a state of emergency as well as setting at 6 p.m. ET curfew for the Arlington and Alexandria areas neighboring Washington, DC.

Read Northam's tweet:

At the request of @AlexandriaVAGov and @ArlingtonVA, I am declaring a 6PM to 6AM curfew in these jurisdictions, with limited exceptions.

I am also issuing a State of Emergency in Virginia, so we can continue to respond.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 6, 2021

First wave of National Guard arriving at US Capitol will be unarmed

First wave of National Guard arriving at US Capitol will be unarmed

From CNN's Oren Liebermann

The first 150 DC Guardsmen are expected to arrive at the US Capitol at any moment, according to a senior Defense official.

These guardsmen are part of the new Guard forces activated today.

These Guardsmen are wearing protective gear and carrying riot equipment, but they have no lethal or non-lethal weapons, the source said.

Their sole purpose right now is to back up Capitol police and to help re-establish a perimeter around the Capitol. They will stay as long as is needed, based on the conditions on the street. They are not doing any law enforcement activities – and that will also be true of the remaining Guardsmen as they are ready to head for the Capitol.

There are no plans to bring in active duty troops at this point, the official said.

The original 340 Guardsmen that were requested earlier in the week remain in their positions and on the streets and are also not armed.

Capitol Police detain about 20 people

Capitol Police detain about 20 people

From CNN’s Laura Robinson

Approximately 20 people were seen in plastic hand-ties being put in the back of a Capitol Police van after exiting the Russell Senate Office Building.

Those people were seen being put in the back of a Capitol Police van on Delaware Avenue near Constitution Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. this evening.

DC police chief says 13 people have been arrested From CNN's Rashard Rose and Katelyn Pol

At least 13 people were arrested amid the siege of the US Capitol by Pro-Trump rioters, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday.

“We were looking at just above, just above 13 arrests, I should add very important note here that none of the arrest that occurred, were of DC residents, all the individuals who were arrested. All were from out of, out of the area," he said.

Contee said several officers are being treated for injuries and authorities have confiscated several weapons as riots have unfolded outside the US Capitol.

“We have reports about that there are several MPD officers that are, that are injured. But these officers are being tended to and still engaged in the fight to regain control of the Capitol although they are injured. They are still working and they're working very hard to regain control of the Capitol,” Contee said.

Contee said there were approximately “five weapons that have been recovered.”

A law enforcement source told CNN’s Pamela Brown that they are still clearing out rioters from inside the Capitol building and also clearing them off the inauguration stage and bleachers.

Facebook calls Capitol rioting a "disgrace," but won't block Trump's account

Facebook calls Capitol rioting a "disgrace," but won't block Trump's account

From CNN's Brian Fung

Facebook condemned the violent riots at the US Capitol on Wednesday, but stopped short of saying President Trump would be blocked from the social media platform.

"The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace," said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone in a statement to CNN. "We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules."

Facebook’s policies on incitement do not carry exemptions or loopholes for elected officials, Stone added.

In accordance with Facebook’s approach to content labeling, users who attempt to share Trump’s labeled posts must click through an interstitial prompt.

But Facebook’s decision not to suspend Trump, at least for now, is likely to generate more criticism from groups such as the Anti-Defamation League. The group on Wednesday called for Trump’s removal from social media platforms over his role in fomenting violence.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris calls for "assault" on Capitol to end

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris calls for "assault" on Capitol to end

From CNN's Jasmine Wright

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took to Twitter following President-elect Biden’s remarks Wednesday afternoon to call for an end to the violence at the Capitol

"I join President-elect @JoeBiden in calling for the assault on the Capitol and our nation’s public servants to end, and as he said, 'allow the work of democracy to go forward," she tweeted.

Harris was in Congress when the riots began but was safely evacuated.

I join President-elect @JoeBiden in calling for the assault on the Capitol and our nation’s public servants to end, and as he said, “allow the work of democracy to go forward.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 6, 2021

Rioters attacking press: HuffPost

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Another video shows rioters breaking down barricades to charge members of the press.
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Rioters outside the Capitol reportedly destroyed equipment branded with the Associated Press logo. A BuzzFeed News reporter at the scene said one man yelled: “We are the news now!”
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Trump's former homeland security adviser says the President is "culpable for this siege"

Trump's former homeland security adviser says the President is "culpable for this siege"

From CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

President Trump's first homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, is one of many former officials condemning his response to the mob chaos on Capitol Hill.

"This is beyond wrong and illegal. It’s un-American," Bossert tweeted. "The President undermined American democracy baselessly for months. As a result, he’s culpable for this siege, and an utter disgrace."

Bossert added: "Despite of him, not because of him, police will regain control and prosecute those involved."

Electoral College ballots rescued from Senate floor by staff: HuffPost

Carla RussoReporter
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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) tweeted a picture of several cases apparently containing electoral college ballots, which he said were "rescued from the Senate floor" by floor staff.

"If our capable floor staff hadn't grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob," Merkley said.

White House staffers asked Trump to take action on riots CNN

White House staffers asked Trump to take action on riots

From CNN's Jim Acosta

A White House official told CNN that aides to the President went to Trump to have him make the order to deploy the National Guard to the US Capitol.

The official said aides also asked that Trump record a video calling for an end to the siege on the Hill.

In other words, these were not decisions Trump made on his own. Aides went to him to get him to do it.

A source familiar with the situation said White House staffers are "horrified" by the violence at the Capitol and are worried there will be more trouble on the streets tonight.
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