Facing the Consequences


Kary Pinto-Gomez, Reporter

  On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, a clan of rioters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, to overturn the defeat of current President Donald J. Trump, after a speech he gave telling them to go to the Capitol during his “Save America” rally. This caused chaos in Washington as his followers stormed the Capitol building inflicting destruction, injuries, and even death. 

Many have wondered what the consequences these mob members would be facing after such traitorous actions, and not long after, we finally saw results. Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen stated in an official statement released by The United States Department of Justice, “Our criminal prosecutors have been working throughout the night with special agents and investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, Metropolitan Police Department, and the public to gather the evidence, identify perpetrators and charge federal crimes where warranted.” 

Later on Sunday, January 10, 2021, rioters began to pay the price as many tried to flee the consequences and fly back home. However, many were stopped when they found out they were barred and placed on a no-fly list by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) while coordinating with the FBI after being identified by videos and pictures of the event. 

Rosen also informed the people that these rioters would “face the full consequences of their actions under the law.” This takes us back to June. President Trump signed an executive order during the racial injustice protests, which states “injury of federal property,” such as historical monuments, can earn anyone up to 10 years in prison.