US Capitol riot investigation: Was the attack planned? | DW News
In the United States opened a criminal investigation into the riots in the Capitol
Authorities continue to search for perpetrators based on surveillance footage and posts on social media
WASHINGTON – U.S. law enforcement has launched a criminal investigation into the Capitol attack with hundreds of investigators to identify and arrest criminals, officials said..
Acting DC Attorney Michael Sherwin said 15 people were indicted in a federal court in Washington DC over the riot, and another 40 were brought before a district high court on charges related to what happened immediately before the riot..
Most are accused of illegally entering the Capitol grounds.
The charges include theft of state property and violations of the rules for the use of firearms.
One man was arrested outside the Capitol on charges of carrying a semi-automatic assault weapon and 11 Molotov cocktails, Sherwin said..
As a result of the riots, four people were killed and several dozen were injured..
The arrests are just the first step in efforts to bring those responsible to justice, Sherwin said..
“It was obviously a very dangerous situation,” he said. “We are trying to get these cases resolved as soon as possible, and although only 15 cases have been filed so far, this is a good start, but it is by no means the end.”.
Filing so many charges in just 36 hours underlines the aggressive approach of the prosecutor’s office.
As Capitol police have allowed most of the rioters to go home, efforts to identify and arrest criminals could take months, if not a year, Sherwin explained..
Hundreds of investigators view security footage and social media posts to identify those responsible.
“We will aggressively press charges in these cases,” Sherwin said..
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said: “The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that those responsible for this attack on our government and the rule of law are held accountable for their actions in accordance with the law.”.
FBI Director Christopher Ray has assured that his department will “use all investigative resources” to bring charges against criminals.
The attack, which Rosen described as “an unacceptable attack on the fundamental institution of American democracy,” began as members of Congress held a joint meeting to certify the presidential election..
Many blame President Donald Trump for inciting the unrest, who during a rally urged his supporters to continue challenging the election results..