No charges for police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt at Capitol riot – National

A police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting Ashli Babbitt during the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, Justice Department officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to support criminal prosecution against the officer, who has not been publicly identified. “The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, […]

Fallout from riot, virus leaves toxic mood on Capitol Hill

The mood is so bad at the US Capitol that a Democratic congressman recently let an elevator pass him by rather than ride with Republican colleagues who voted against certifying Joe Biden´s election. Republicans say it´s Democrats who just need to get over it – move on from the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the […]

Chaos of U.S. Capitol riot that left 5 people dead revealed – National

Two firefighters loaned to Washington for the day were the only medics on the Capitol steps Jan. 6, trying to triage injured officers as they watched the angry mob swell and attack police working to protect Congress. Law enforcement agents were “being pulled into the crowd and trampled, assaulted with scaffolding materials, and/or bear […]

What we’ve learned as U.S. lawmakers probe failures that led to the Capitol riot – National

Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it’s clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump’s supporters laid siege to the building. It’s also clear that no one wants to take responsibility for […]

U.S. Capitol riot: Committee hears from FBI director for 1st time – National

FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI’s preparations for the riot, […]

Families claim bodies of inmates as Ecuador prison riot toll climbs

The body count from simultaneous riots at four prisons in Ecuador rose to 79 Wednesday as family members arrived to claim the remains of loved ones killed in hours of full-out gang warfare that left inmates decapitated and burnt. The extent of the violence, described as an “unprecedented massacre” by Ecuador’s human rights ombudsman, exposed […]

U.S. Capitol Police were warned of violence ahead of riot, chief says – National

Capitol Police knew armed extremists were primed for violence at the iconic building on Jan. 6 and even provided officers with assault rifles to protect lawmakers, the acting chief acknowledged Wednesday. But the wild invasion of the Capitol was far worse than police expected, leaving them unprepared to fight it off. A day earlier, her predecessor as chief testified that police expected […]

Officials point to security, intel failures in US Capitol riot

The deadly US Capitol riot on January 6 exposed devastating security and intelligence weaknesses, with military authorities reacting too slowly to calls for National Guard backup against an overwhelming mob, security officials told Congress Tuesday. In the first Senate hearing on the security failings, featuring US Capitol Police and Washington police chiefs and congressional sergeants […]

U.S. Capitol security to testify before Congress about deadly riot – National

U.S. Congress is set to hear from former U.S. Capitol security officials for the first time about the massive law enforcement failures on Jan. 6, the day a violent mob laid siege to the building and interrupted the presidential electoral count. Three of the four scheduled to testify Tuesday before two Senate committees resigned […]

Arizona woman charged in U.S. Capitol riot says Proud Boys recruited her – National

An Arizona woman charged in the Jan. 6 onslaught of the U.S. Capitol bragged in a Snapchat video that she was recently recruited by a Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys, a neofascist organization that describes itself as “Western chauvinists” and has long forbidden female members. Felicia Konold’s claim that the chapter recruited […]