The House of Representatives and U.S Senate were placed on lockdown after tens of thousands of Trump supporters broke through barriers and stormed the capitol building. Evacuations are currently underway for members of Congress, having been issued gas masks to exit the situation. The Trump-supporting protesters overwhelmed DC Metro Police barriers and breached the Capitol.
The starkest takeaway at this early stage in an escalating situation is the utter failure of Capitol police and DC Metro to handle crowds of tens of thousands.
Protesters have now breached the Capitol chambers, reportedly going door to door looking for congressional members.
2:45 p.m. D.C. National Guard will be activated to handle escalating situation around Capitol Hill. The decision to activate the National Guard is especially remarkable considering that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and D.C Mayor were reportedly committed to seeking alternatives to uniformed soldiers.
3:07 p.m. As D.C. Police continue to grapple with thousands of streaming protesters, Muriel Bowser’s 6.pm. curfew is called into question. If other recent protests, i/e the “Million Maga March” are any indication, the situation in the nation’s capital could become dire as night falls.
3:28 p.m. President-elect Biden and President Trump deliver dueling messages calling for peace. Although the Capitol remains occupied, the crowds are beginning to dissipate and D.C. Metro Police begin to retake control.
4:42 p.m. D.C. Police announce that Capitol is secure. It remains to be seen if the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will be able to continue proceedings to certify the presidential election vote.
5:01 p.m. Woman shot at U.S. Capitol has died. This announcement was made by police in D.C. The circumstances around the shooting remain unclear.