*Federal authorities estimate that around 800 people stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan, 6 during the deadly pro-Trump Stop the Steal rally.
More than 100 people have reportedly been arrested, but it is possible that the majority of rioters won’t face any criminal charges, per The Washington Post. According to the report, there is concern about overwhelming the local Washington, D.C. courthouses with these white domestic terrorists.
According to insiders familiar with the discussions, some federal officials believe people who only committed unlawful entry — and were not engaged in violence — should not be charged, per the Post.
The amazing thing about this list is how many of these rioters held government jobs: police officers, firefighters, teachers, military. https://t.co/Vl3Pf1tmRu
— Farah Stockman (@fstockman) January 25, 2021
“DOJ officials estimate 800 people stormed the Capitol and are concerned that charging too many people could swamp the local courthouse,” New York-based criminal defense attorney Rebecca Kavanagh said, per Forbes. “Interesting, I’ve never heard similar concerns expressed when charging Black and Brown people with low level offenses.”
One attorney explained to the Post: “It’s not a like a bunch of people gathered on their own and decided to do this, it’s not like a mob. It’s people who were asked to come by the president, encouraged to come by the president, and encouraged to do what they did by the president and a number of others.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has vowed to identify and charge Capitol rioters.
“There is absolute resolve from the Department of Justice to hold all who intentionally engaged in criminal acts at the Capitol accountable,” Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said in an email.
“We have consistently made clear that we will follow the facts and evidence and charge individuals accordingly. We remain confident that the U.S. District Court for Washington, DC can appropriately handle the docket related to any resulting charges,” he added.