Capital Offense

Capital Offense

On January 6th, trump supporters stormed the United States capital to protest the Electoral College validation of Joe Biden as the forty-sixth President. This resulted in extreme internal damage to the building, five deaths, and the arrest of protesters by the FBI. 


The trump supporters are protesting congress’s decision to finalize Joe Biden’s win of the presidential election. Although a regular protest would be perfectly fine, this one has expressed itself in a violent manner. Videos have sprouted showing how the protesters caused disorder by destroying art and furniture in the capital. Outside of people causing damage to the building they have been climbing on parts of the capital and going inside and laying down.  This has led to an unsafe work environment, but more importantly can be a crime. 


Any person who, without lawful authority, shall enter, or attempt to enter, any private dwelling, building, or other property, or part of such dwelling, building, or other property, against the will of the lawful occupant or of the person lawfully in charge thereof, or being therein or thereon, without lawful authority to remain therein or thereon shall refuse to quit the same on the demand of the lawful occupant, or of the person lawfully in charge thereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than the amount set forth in” – 


It is not the only crime the protestors may be subject to.  Vandalization of media equipment and murder may also be added to the list to be the only crime they can be potentially subjected to. A small amount of people in these protests have been destroying media outlets equipment. 


In many cases, a person charged with a property damage crime got a little out of hand and did something they regret. This can happen with teens and young people. In these types of cases, the offenses are typically charged as a misdemeanor. For example, a Class C misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $500.”  


After the chaos, police were dispatched and used tear gas to quickly deescalate the situation, but they did use pepper spray for people who were refusing to cooperate.