Here, you’ll find our Frequently Asked Questions along with pertinent sources.

Were the Doors of the Capitol Opened From the Inside?

The first entrance into the Capitol was at the Senate Wing Door by breaking out the windows and kicking open the door. Other entrances, like the Senate Fire Door and the East Central Doors were opened from the inside by rioters who came in through the Senate Wing Door. One other door, the Upper Terrace Door on the West side of the Capitol, was opened from the inside due to the actions of the police trying to get people already inside to leave.

Did the Police Attack the Protesters With Flashbangs?

The police started using lashbangs on the crowd assembled at the Capitol at approximately 1:20 pm, before any dispersal order had been broadcast. However, this was not the first incident of violence at the Capitol on January 6th. The initial violence started at the Peace Circle before 1 pm, and there were clashes between the police and the crowd on the West Plaza after the police retreated as well.

When the police did begin lobing and firing flashbangs into the crowd, most if not all of the people hit were not posing an imminent threat of violence to the police. The flashbangs caused injuries including burns, hearing loss, and cuts or bruising from shrapnel/rubber projectiles.

How Did the Capitol Fall on January 6th, 2021?

Documentary Quote: “On January 6th, tactical failures and crowd psychology intersected to create a situation where one of the most well-guarded buildings in America was overrun by an angry crowd.”

How Many People Stormed the Capitol?

While no official numbers are public, Initial estimates for the number of people that went into the US Capitol building are around 2,000. Other estimates only mention it in the ‘thousands’. Sources include ABC News, Wikipedia, and a statement from former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund. The size of the crowd outside the building on Capitol Grounds is less certain; but it consisted of tens of thousands at a minimum.

Who Was the Capitol Police Chief on January 6?

Steven Sund was the acting chief during the event of January 6th 2021. In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Sund claimed that the federal agencies with intelligence on potential threats had failed to share the information. Despite warnings of potential violence, the National Guard was restricted and delayed in their deployment to the city that day.

Who Is in Charge of Capitol Police?

Currently the acting chief of the Capitol Police is J. Thomas Manger as of July 23, 2021.

Who Is in Charge of Capitol Security?

The United States Capitol Police are responsible for “safeguarding” the US capitol. The USCP reports to the Sergeants at Arms of the Senate and House of Representatives, who are chosen by the respective chambers at the nomination of the Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, respectively.

A report issued on “Security Failures at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021” by House Republicans accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office of being “heavily involved” in the security preparations (or lack thereof) for January 6th and “micromanaging” the House Sergeant at Arms.

How Many Capitol Police Are There?

On January 6th 2020, there were 1879 officers. Today, numbers from the show 2,300 officers and civilian employees; other numbers show totals being closer to 2,500.

Who Does the Chief of the Capitol Police Report To?

The Chief of the Capitol Police Force reports to the Capitol Police Board. This board includes, the Sergeant at Arms of the US House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms of the US Senate, and the Architect of the Capitol.

It’s current members are:

  • Karen H. Gibson, United States Senate Sergeant at Arms (Chair)
  • William McFarland, Acting U.S. House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms (Member)
  • Chere Rexroat, Acting Architect of the Capitol (Member)
  • J. Thomas Manger, Chief of Police (Ex-Officio Member)

How Many People Died on January 6?

Four Trump supporters died at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021: Ashli Babbitt, Rosanne Boyland, Benjamin Phillips, & Kevin Greeson.

A Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died the next day after suffering two strokes. Although Sicknick’s death was initially reported to be linked to a blow to the head by a fire extinguisher or exposure to chemical irritants, the DC medical examiner ruled that Sicknick’s death was “natural”, i.e. caused by disease and not injury.

FBI List of Insurrectionists/Arrest List

The current list of defendants being charged dealing with crimes on, Jan. 6, 2021 can be found here.

Was January 6th the First Attack on the Capitol?

While there have been no other riots at the US Capitol, there have been shootings, bombings, and even fires.

What did Trump tweet on January 6th?

To see a full list of Trump’s tweets, please visit The American President Project.


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