Opinion

Why it’s Still Worth American Funds to Investigate the Capitol Riot

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Although it is very unlikely that people have not heard of the anti-democratic act at the capital, it is quite simple to explain.  On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. was stormed during a riot and violent attack against the U.S. Congress. A right-wing extremist mob motivated by the victory of opposition Democratic leader Joe Biden in the presidential election thought it was okay to attack the essence of American democracy and kill 5 people. 

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A photo of the Capitol rioters (CBS News)

But why does it matter now?

494 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far. More than 125 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, and at least 35 of those were charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon. More than 350 were charged with entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds. This number is continuing to grow as days pass. They are being traced from tips, camera footage and facial recognition, and police body cameras. 

Then what is the problem?

To keep it simple, critiques worry about how important it is too keep persecuting these rioters and Trump himself for supposedly inciting it. We have a new president. A new political party in charge. New future. No new signs of a similar event ever happening again. So is it worth our time, effort, and money to continue to catch these perpetrators from the past? Not to mention the house narrowly approved $1.9B to fortify the Capitol after the riot. To many, it seems that the government is still quite focused on our history, but not what’s ahead. This raises the idea that we need to move on and allocate our resources to more prevalent reasons. 

A court sketch of Jacob Chansley, a QAnon and Trump supporter who stormed the Capitol on January 6 (Maggie Keane)

So what do we do?

We keep charging the rioters. To not lay justice on those who committed terrible crimes just because it happened in the past and required too many resources, sets a very embarrassing precedent for the future. It simply says that people are allowed to react however violently they want with no restrictions, and that if enough time passes, then they are off the hook. . This can not happen. We must ensure the preservation of democracy and never let it be attacked again. So yes, keep arresting those who charged it almost 5 months ago. We have no choice. 


TL;DR

  • Infuriated by the election of Joe Biden, right-wing extremists stormed the Capitol on January 6th.
  • Since then, the US government has spent lots of time, money, and effort in searching for both the inciters and the culprits through tips, camera footage and facial recognition, and policy body cameras.
  • Some argue that spending taxpayers’ money toward investigating this is unnecessary, but we must do it in order to set a precedent to preserve democracy and show that the law cannot be broken by just anybody.

Citations

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/most-arrests-capitol-riots-misdemeanor-225235647.html

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