- The FBI used digital posters at bus stops in Washington, DC on Wednesday as part of its investigation into the deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol.
- Several reporters showed photos of these posters on large monitors at DC bus stations and shared them to Twitter.
- The agency is looking for rioters to help Trump, who attacked the building during the violent uprising and killed five people.
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The FBI is using digital signage at bus stops in Washington, DC, asking the public to help determine who participated in the deadly riots in the US Capitol on Wednesday.
As HillPost first pointed out on Saturday, reporters including CNN̵
-Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 9, 2021
-Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 9, 2021
The signs include personal photos seen during Wednesday’s riots. They urge anyone who provides information or pictures about the uprising to contact the FBI’s SAR office or the city’s Metropolitan Police Department.
In the riots at the beginning of this week, one person was shot and killed by the police. Three other people suffered a medical emergency during the uprising and died as a result. The 42-year-old Capitol Police Chief Brian Sicknick (Brian Sicknick) was also killed after being hit in the head by a fire extinguisher, bringing the death toll to five on Wednesday.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump destroyed the building after the President encouraged them to go to Washington on January 6 to protest Congress’s proof of the Electoral College vote.
In the months following his loss, President-elect Biden, Trump often made unfounded, false claims about widespread election fraud to explain the loss of his supporters. He and his allies were unable to confirm this claim and lost dozens of lawsuits trying to overturn the election results.
But in any case, his supporters still violently appeared in Washington as a last resort to prevent Congress from officially declaring Biden as the winner of the presidential election.
After Trump spoke to supporters near the White House on Wednesday, tens of thousands of people marched to the Capitol and many rushed in, leaving the Congress police out of control. Those who broke in and destroyed the congressional office, posed for photos in the Senate room, stole it from the office or desecrated the building.
The authorities have arrested and charged some individuals who participated in the riot on Wednesday. The FBI said in an earlier statement that it called on the public to help it identify those involved.
The FBI said in its information solicitation statement: “If you have witnessed illegal acts of violence, we urge you to submit any information, photos or videos that may be relevant.”
It continued: “Our goal is to protect the public’s right to constitutional protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activities.”