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Police confirm deaths in Capitol riots

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/07/21, 07:24 am

Four people died as rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Washington police Chief Robert Contee said. One woman was shot by Capitol Police, and three others had medical emergencies amid the chaos. Media reports identified the slain woman as Ashli Babbitt, a supporter of President Donald Trump and an Air Force veteran from Southern California.

Lawmakers had convened Wednesday to certify the results of the Electoral College vote but had to evacuate the House and Senate as a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overwhelmed Capitol Police and forced an hourslong lockdown. While legislators and staffers barricaded themselves in offices, the rioters took over the presiding officer’s chair in the Senate and roamed the halls pounding on doors. They posed mockingly for photos in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The National Guard deployed to reinforce police, and they drove out the protesters and secured the Capitol so congressional proceedings could resume.

What sparked the protests? In December, Trump called for his supporters to rally in Washington the day that Congress certified the Electoral College count. He spoke to participants outside the White House on Wednesday, saying, “We will never give up, we will never concede. … Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.” He said it was up to him and his supporters “to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.” He encouraged them to march to the Capitol without specifically telling them to break inside.

How did Trump respond? As the confrontation unfolded, lawmakers asked the president to tell the protesters to relent. “I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace,” Trump said in a video message posted to Twitter. He later tweeted, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.” Twitter deleted both of those tweets and locked the president’s account for 12 hours, saying he violated the platform’s “civic integrity policy.”

Is the city safe now? Washington police said they arrested 15 people on charges related to the unrest and 30 more for violating a 6 p.m. curfew. They recovered two pipe bombs, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee. Police also found a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on the Electoral College tally and the president’s controversial phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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    Posted: Wed, 01/06/2021 03:10 pm


  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 01/11/2021 11:04 pm

    Interesting how I have never heard you talk about law and order in regards to AntiFa and BLM!

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Wed, 01/06/2021 03:54 pm

    Just like the leftist mobs this last summer, these right-wing protesters are being whipped up and used by deceptive and selfish people who are pushing for power and influence for their own egos and agendas.  I still believe that the vast majority of Americans are reasonable, care about actual issues of importance, and will ultimately be able to see the lies of the extremists.

    Posted: Wed, 01/06/2021 04:13 pm

    I agree with you. But I think this is the end of the Trump era in the GOP. It wouldn't have been possible without reasonable people like Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, Bill Barr, etc., standing with him. In the future, it's only going to be the Steve Bannon and Ted Cruz types.

  • GC
    Posted: Wed, 01/06/2021 05:03 pm

    Tim Miller, I hope and pray that you are right about it being the end of the Trump era. I see too many of my own friends and family, as well as commenters here, who seem to be entrenched in Trumpism. In their fear of "losing our country," they have shot it in the heart.

    Posted: Wed, 01/06/2021 07:34 pm

    "He encouraged them to march to the Capitol without specifically telling them to break inside."  Now why in the world would you included a sentence like that in this report.  It makes it sound like he was "kind of telling them to break inside but not really."  Did President Trump actually say something like that.  If so, report his actual words please.  

    I have also heard from a friend of friend who was there and claims that huge gathering was extremely peaceful and that he doesn't know what happened later at the actual Capital Building but he didn't believe they were true Trump supporters... and, of course, the media is only going to focus on that part of it.

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 10:06 am

    For Becky, I believe your friend was telling the truth about what they saw.  But, if your friend was not actually there for the events at the capitol building, they are speculating about who participated in it.  I wasn't there, but I and thousands of others have seen videos showing a large crowd of people marching directly from the speech to the Capitol building and causing chaos and violence. I believe that some and possibly most people who were there for the speech were not there to cause chaos, but it seems clear to me that some of the people who were there came prepared to do exactly what we saw them do. It's also well-known that sometimes people who did not intend to commit criminal acts can get caught up in "mob mentality" and do things they would not normally do. 

    Whether or not Mr. Trump explicitly told people to commit these acts, he said to be there on Jan 6 and that it would be "wild."  I grew up in the South and, for some, that would be like saying "Get ready to rumble." In other words, it would be interpreted as an endorsement for violence and fighting. I don't know if Mr. Trump intended that to be the message, and I believe that your friend(s) did not interpret it that way; but I can assure you that is what some other people heard. I previously saw posts online by people I knew to be supporters of Mr. Trump that either suggested that violence should happen yesterday or strongly implied it (some were talking about "secession," which is what caused the Civil War.").  I'm sure you realize that it is possible for peaceful protests to suddenly turn violent when certain groups or individuals in them start inciting it (i.e., several protests this summer about social justice started peacefully and became riots; and in some cases, the original protestors tried to STOP the violence). 

    If you have proof that some group other than Trump supporters was responsible, please provide it; but the people I saw were carrying Confederate flags, Trump flags, and White supremacist flags and symbols and they were shouting slogans that I have heard shouted by Trump supporters.  If someone shouted "Allah Ahkbar" while committing an act of terror, what would you say to me if I responded, "That couldn't have been a Muslim because the Muslims I know are all peaceful. It must have been a Christian because the Christians I knew were abusers and bullies"? (For the record, I DO know some Muslims; and they are all peaceful and love the US.  And I was abused and bullied by some Christians. People are complicated and the ONLY perfect person was Jesus Christ.) 

    I can imagine how hard it is to believe that people on "your side" would do this, and I sympathize. I debated atheists online for years, and I had to constantly address atrocities committed by Christians or people who claimed to be Christians in the past (i.e., the slaughter of Jewish people by Crusaders; the Inqisition; the fact that Hitler's Nazi's had a slogan on their uniforms saying "God with us").  When we were able to go deeper, it usually came back to some terrible act of abuse committed against them personally by someone who claimed to be a Christian. I couldn't deny that people who claimed to be followers of Christ had done terrible things; but I could point out that what they did was not consistent with the teachings of Jesus or the Bible, and that the responsibility was with the person who did it, not with God.  (I also pointed out that the fact that some non-religious people also commit terrible acts shows that the problem is not caused by religion but by flawed human nature.) 

    It's easy to consider "my group" the "good guys" and the "other group" evil, but we are ALL evil and need salvation from Jesus.  And I think we can all agree that the violence that was done yesterday does not reflect the teachings of Christ or the principles of our nation and our Constitution. 

  • Blessings Unlimited
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 09:56 am

    Whoever controls the information, controls the perception, and subsequently the outcome of any event. This was told to me by a Chinese exile taking refuge in the United States from the Chinese Communist party as an expression of the primary weapon of their regime. There were a couple thousand at the event around me. 

    I was there and can tell you I witnessed a very peaceful but passionate group that made their way to the capital building. None of the reports I've heard are eyewitness interviews, they're all commentaries from a distance. They're labeling the whole group terrorists and armed seditionists because of the actions of about 30 attendees.  There were somewhere between 500K to 1M attendees, a small fraction of those that agree and wanted to be there. Make no mistake, those who broke into the building clearly made a very BAD decision. 

    But My goodness, almost everything I personally experienced was about the most peaceful protest I could imagine. Full families with kids carrying American flags. Everyday Americans trying to do something since the courts seem to have done nothing.  Those cases, if taken up, may very well have proved to be false fraudulent claims but the proof was never examined and so out of despair, these average people chose to travel great distances to do something rather than nothing.

    But now I'm dismayed seeing the spin first hand and it is immobilizing and despairing. The only time people pushed on police that I saw was to either shake their hands and thank them for being there or, at the very front, to push to be closer to the capital building.  Hit only got violent when the police started using pepper spray, noise bombs to intimidate and eventually tear gas and bullets.  In one of several conversations with the police on the way to the capitol, they were saying that there were some among us that they knew would go too far, a common experience in a predominantly peaceful gathering of this size. To characterize everyone as ignorant right wing radical terrorists is ludicrous and so misleading.  There were by and large patriots standing up for their country by exercising their constitutional right to protest peacefully. A few got carried away and clearly went too far but you didn't see assaults on the police themselves other than to push past them, the overturning and burning of cars, broken private property, fires or any of the other telltale signs of anarchy exhibited by Antifa and BLM protests, so please don't lump us in with them so unfairly.  The police allowed these other groups to overtake sections of cities but police fired on this crowd with pepper spray and incendiary bombs and eventually tear gas and bullets. I actually agree that the police were doing their job and support them. On the contrary, we we're chanting, "Support our Blue" on the way to the capital.  Interactions of cordiality, conversations, and camaraderie with the local enforcement officers were common and frequent.

    If you watched any of the hearings of actual eyewitnesses to these elections in these contested states, which were almost completely hidden from the public, as well as professional testimony on the impossibilities of the outcome, You may have been there with us. If you would like to see the hearings, I suggest you search for Epoch Times, a news source developed by refugees of the CCP living in exile in the United States trying to expose the insidious and undermining, subversive war being waged against the United States by their previous captors. I know general public opinion is that this is largely conspiracy theory, but if you take the time to look at the personal testimonies of those who are actually present, you may have a different view. And by doing so, you will have done more than all the courts in this country who dismissed the proof wholesale by dismissing the court cases for procedural reasons and not on content.

    When a people can no longer count on our legal system to step up and give a fair hearing and our elected officials don't help to look at the evidence, we are no longer a country who can count on the rule of law for justice and things become lawless as citizens have to step in where the courts won't.

    Many who I spoke to said they would not even be there if the courts had actually examined the evidence and considered the eyewitness testimonies.  But they merely dismissed those who were giving sworn testimony.  Average Americans who had everything to lose by standing up to the injustice and fraud they witnessed firsthand. But they didn't! And so what choice do we have other than protest?  Our founding fathers and Patriots didn't saddle for that, so should we?

    If you really want to know the truth, you cannot trust the major networks who are so agenda driven. Watch the hearings and make your own decision. If you are truly interested in the truth, watch just one because they all showed the same pattern.  But don't remain ignorant of these personal and professional testimonies of those who risked they're lively hood and in some cases lives by giving testimony to expose their personal experience of fraud being carried out on this most important institution of our democracy! You can't join the majority and say there is no proof if you have not looked at the proof yourself.  We can disagree in peace but we cannot ignore the evidence in a nation built on the stabilizing factor of the rule of law over violence.  Look up Epoch Times.  I respectfully request you to take some time to have an honest look for yourself.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 10:11 am


    Thank you for sharing your experience. I was not there, but I am a supporter of the President, and I have tried to watch his actions and words, since I know they are always taken out of context.

    Perhaps WORLD will do a follow-up article from interviews of, say, a hundred people who were there...

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 10:52 am

    I believe there were peaceful people in the crowd at the Capitol, but even you admit that some of them made a bad choice.  Your were there.  Didn't Mr.Trump say he would go with the crowd to the Capitol?  Why didn't he go?  (i.e., couldn't he have STOPPED some of those bad choices?)  The crowd may have been chanting, "Support our blue," but a large number of them pushed back the police and kept them from doing their jobs!  I doubt the police felt very supported at that moment.

    You may be unaware that there were protestors this summer who were saying the same things you are saying now-that they were just there to make sure justice was done and that they were not the ones doing the violence. Violence and looting are terrible, and I was horrified by the burning and looting this summer.  But I am amazed that you don't realize why it is MORE horrifying to have a crowd break into a building that is literally the heart of our nation's government with the stated purpose of keeping legally elected officials from doing their jobs-paricularly when there have been weeks of posts online which I have personally seen which were talking about civil war and "secession." YOU may not personally feel that way, but a signficant number of people in the crowd with you apparently did. 

    Respectfully, it sounds to me like you are telling us to believe the viewpoint provided by some refugees who came to the US from China over the views of our own courts and insitutions here in America. It wasn't the media that decided those cases. It was the COURTS. And it wasn't just one court that dismissed the charges.  In every case there was legal precedent for dismissing the charges.  I listened to the legal precedent.  I HAVE looked at the evidence.   I have great respect for refugess who flee persecution, but I don't consider them more expert about our legal system and laws than our own courts and appointed officials!  


  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 01:17 pm

    Thank you very much.  I'll take an eye witness report and form my own analyis over media and arm chair quarterbacks anyday.  The key to a more comprehensive understanding of any situation is the breadth and accuracy of the info sources.  In what is called "the informationa age" it sure is difficult to get the truth on what is happening.  Pray, pray, pary.... God knows the truth, He IS the Truth and He is in control of everything!


    Some folks on this site seem to be trying to influence opinion more than is appropriate for true, peace seeking, believers.  You know who you are and so does everyone else.

    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 02:05 pm

    "Whoever controls the information, controls the perception, and subsequently the outcome of any event." Exactly! "Social platforms remove video of Trump calling on protesters to leave the Capitol in peace." Facebook, Twitter Lock Trump Out of His Account for the First Time (

    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 03:00 pm

    Blessings, thank you for your gentle and respectful words, reminding me of the courtesy and restraint that I witnessed (with sadness) in Vice President Mike Pence. His letter to the Joint Session of Congress reveals a godly person, Mike Pence’s Letter to Congress – READ IN FULL - Liberty Nation, just as your words reveal the same about you.

    You are indeed of "the tribe of Joseph" (from the fifth Anne of Green Gables book, Anne's House of Dreams). May your tribe increase and may you experience blessings unlimited.

    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 05:01 pm

    And they NEVER ARREST ANTIFA members who would shoot Trump supporters.

    Those 2 people probably identified Antifa and had to be shot.  

    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 09:37 pm


    WHO BENEFITED from the riot?! (Asked by our 30 yr old daughter. She is a writer and very smart.)

    People stormed the capitol right at the time when Congress was going to debate the election. A COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

    Nadler had a letter ready with signatures to impeach for the insurrection that hadn't happened yet. 



    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 09:21 pm

    “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”

    Why didn't the social media, who seem to be in control of anyone's thoughts? Why didn't they control what Obama said in response to OBAMA's FOLLOWERS SHOOTING POLICE officers? He basically said police get what they deserve. Pay back. NO ONE seemed excited about what happened next. Police were shot and the shooters were praised openly on line.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 09:57 pm

    Gun and ammo sales are through the roof!  There are people with the worst cases I've ever seen of Trump Derangement Syndrome, and the worst cases I've ever seen of Democrat Derangement Syndrome! Some of them (both disorders) post here.  

    Yes, it's true we conservatives (regardless of whether we are Trump supporters) will be lumped in with the most insane of the protestors breaking into the Capitol. Should we be surprised?  No, of course not, we were already being called racists all through the Obama presidency if we opposed any of his policies. Similarly, there are circles in which all Black people are being called lazy criminal thugs just because of the actions of a small minority. Where is reason?  Common sense?  Hopefully in the majority of our citizens, but we see who gets all the press coverage. 

    Is any of this going to Make America Great?  Highly unlikely in my opinion. Nevertheless, God is Sovereign!

  • GaryG
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 09:36 am

    This article is a perfect example of why I have lost interest in World this past year.  It is lazy and irresponsible to cover this story with no mention of Antifa.

    "A mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overwhelmed Capitol Police."  Nothing to say about how Capitol Police curiously yielded to the "mob", almost inviting them onto the grounds?  I have not seen any examples of police being "overwhelmed".  I have seen several examples of police suddenly and unexplainably retreating from people who were not forcefully advancing.  It's very curious.  Nothing to say about that?

    I have been a World subscriber for over 20 years, and I will continue to subscribe because you are my brothers and sisters in Christ, and there is still much value in what you are doing overall.  But your shallow coverage of covid and this election has been pathetic.  If you are just going to parrot the mainstream media, there's really no point in paying attention to you.

  • JB
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 06:46 pm

    Amen, Brother!

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 11:25 pm

    For Gary G.,if you did not see examples of police being overwhelmed, it's not because there WERE no videos like that. It's because whatever source(s) you were using either didn't have access to them or didn't show them. I saw SEVERAL videos via numerous sources that showed police being pushed back and attacked and one in which a police officer was screaming as he was crushed by the crowd.  Before seeing those videos, I was also puzzled by the fact that the police seemed to yield too easily; but the videos made it clear the situation was frightening and dangerous. One protestor was shot, several others died of medical emergencies, and a police officer died after being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher. 

    I will say that I DO find it odd that the police were so outnumbered and unprepared and that the National Guard was not already on site.  Everyone in my household knew before Wednesday that there would be some degree of trouble based on comments we read (i.e., some of our Christian friends were posting comments about fighting, civil war, and secession).  

    Since many of the rioters clearly showed their faces and/or livestreamed themselves taking part, even stating their names, it has been rather easy to identify who they were.  I have seen many who self-identified as Trump supporters and said so openly on film.  I am not sure why World would do a report on Antifa right now when there is no real evidence that Antifa was involved and SIGNIFICANT evidence to the contrary.    

    You don't have to agree with me about politics, Gary; and you can obviously form your own opinion about the info I've shared.  But I think we can agree with the need to pray for God's wisdom and truth and for his will to be done. I fear what may lie ahead with the incoming administration-and frankly, it wouldn't have been my choice-but I believe it is coming in legally and fairly. I pray all the time for God to show me how to live in these challenging times, and I appreciate commenters sharing their views and challenging me.  

  • GaryG
    Posted: Sat, 01/09/2021 02:57 pm

    Thank you for the reply, "not silent".  I agree that many things happened which I did not see and I am not aware of.  I should have more carefully worded my complaint, as I certainly do not believe that what I see is the definition of reality.  And I do not mean to say that no Trump supporters were involved.  Clearly many were.

    My complaint is that World is guilty (on this issue and some others) of the same kind of one-sided, shallow reporting that we find in the mainstream media.  It's not that their facts are false.  But they only present one side of the facts.  World and mainstream media tell us that police were "overwhelmed".  There are examples of that.  But there are also well-documented examples of police removing barriers, and opening doors, inviting protestors to "break in".  Why no mention of that?

    There are also examples of false flag participants, individuals who were there to pose as violent Trump supporters.  You say there is no evidence of that.  Perhaps you meant to say that you haven't seen the evidence.  I wasn't expecting a full report on Antifa, but I do expect World to be more aware of available evidence, and to present it with balance.  When readers have to go elsewhere to get a fuller picture of the story, well, they go elsewhere.

    I appreciate your call to prayer, and your reminder that we need the wisdom which God alone provides.  I extend the peace of Christ to you.

  • not silent
    Posted: Sat, 01/09/2021 05:13 pm

    For GaryG, thank you very much for your kind reply and for the additional explanations.  I have been very encouraged by your example of how to have a respectful and reasonable discussion even when the issues are very difficult and cause strong feelings and when we may disagree about certain things.

    For what it's worth, I think you are right that "The Sift" does not necessarily do a "deep dive" into the issues-though I think they do much better than many other sources.  However, I don't think that is their intent.  Also, for what it's worth, I haven't found ANY news source that gives ALL the info.  For that reason, I usually read multiple sources; and I try to pull from different viewpoints so that I'm getting a more complete picture. (i.e., even if I disagree with a source or article, I can often learn SOMETHING from it).

    You referred to evidence of "false flag participants" (I assume you mean people pretending to be Trump supporters when they really were not in order to discredit the entire group).  Would you mind sharing your evidence (since I haven't seen the evidence yet)?  Thanks.

    Blessings to you also, -NS.

  • not silent
    Posted: Sat, 01/09/2021 05:24 pm

    One additional comment which I forgot: I agree with you also that in some cases it seemd that police removed barricades (some even seemed to take selfies with the protestors).  Not only that, at least one Congressman or Senator (I forgot which) said they found an office he used that most people didn't know about (which raises the question, "How did they know?")

    I agree with you that these things should be investigated further; and, as I said in a previous comment, I can't help wondering why the National Guard was not already on site.  Hopefully we will both be able to find out about any additional developments from our respective news sources.