A year ago today, a large group of protesters stormed the United States Capitol building, killing several and injuring many.
Today, Commonwealth politicians discussed the consequences of the riot and imprisonment. Dylan Huberman has reached out to a number of officials to get their thoughts on the first anniversary
of this event.
Dylan. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have universally condemned the riot that took place in the capital last year, calling it disturbing and ensuring that efforts will be made to prevent
something like that will never happen again.
On January 6, 2021, violence erupted in Washington, DC, when the Capitol was overrun by rioters, a terrifying moment stuck with Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey.
“The image of the horrible and disturbing racist image on television of an American walking through the halls of this building. With the Confederate flag. Never happened before,
not even during the Civil War, and it happened.
Congressman Glenn Thompson issued the following statement on the uprising, saying Quote
“Those who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 committed senseless, violent and destructive acts. While I unequivocally believe in the right to peaceful assembly, those who
broke the law should be held accountable.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said it was important to remember this solemn day to ensure it will be one of a kind.
“Of course, we come together here today to mark this dark day in our history. But also to dedicate ourselves to work to ensure that this never happens again. “
Representative John Joyce made a statement saying a quote
“The events of January 6 were tragic. Violence and intimidation have no place in our national discourse. Now is the time for our nation to heal. We must move forward together,
not as a Republican or Democrat, but as Americans.
“And in doing so, it is time for all elected officials to lead by example and for Congress to move forward for the common good and with the common goal of serving the American people.”
This sentiment was shared by Senator Casey, who also thanked law enforcement and said these events should give Americans a desire to protect and respect the fragility of democracy.
“On this day, as we remember with horror that day just over a year ago and say thank you to law enforcement officials and to all who work in this building and have done so much for us .
and for the nation.
“We are also determined to move forward to protect our democracy and ensure that this great American experiment continues for generations. More than 700 people were arrested in
the past year for participating in the violence.
And now, many in our region who were arrested in the Capitol Riot remain in jail or await sentencing. Robert Morss was a political activist while a student at Penn State.
Last month, a judge rejected his latest request for release from federal prison.
Morse faces a number of riot-related charges, including assaulting a police officer and robbery. The judge said Morse had yet to show remorse for his actions during the
riot. Julian Khater, seen in the Trump knit hat in these photos, is a former state college restaurant owner who is accused of using a chemical spray on Capitol Hill
Police officers. Although his family pledged several million dollars in a bail application, Khater also remains in jail.
Another man arrested in the riot, Brian Gunderson of State College, is free pending further legal action.