Investigation Launched Over Capitol Building Panic Buttons | 22 Words

A week has passed sincde the deadly Capitol riots took place, and an investigation has now been launched into the removal of panic buttons prior to the storming of the building by Trump supporters.

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Now, you will all be aware that, last week on January 6th, hundreds of rioters forced their way into the US Capitol...

Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"

The rioters, who were all scorned pro-Trumpers, took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...

And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.

A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...

With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.

From this, more violence ensued...

As rioters clashed with the few police officers in presence.

The scenes shocked people all over the globe...

And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.

Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.

Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.

It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...

However, details surrounding the other 4 fatalities remain unclear. "One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds," Contee said, "which resulted in their deaths." Later, it was reported that another person had also died.

From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.

The president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.

He instead issued a series of tweets, from his official account which has now been suspended from all social media platforms...

Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."

Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:

"Go home, we love you, you’re very special."

Photographs and videos of Wednesday's scenes continue to circulate online...

Many of which also show the aftermath of the siege.

The videos and images have been quick to go viral on Twitter...

And show the extent of the damage that was done within the building.

Now, some of the perpetrators of this horrific crime have already been brought to justice.

Several arrests have already been made, with key suspects being identified via video footage from the scene.

Many weren't too hard to spot, given their choice of riot gear.

From CEOs to retail employees...

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There seems to have been a whole array of attendees at the riots.

The FBI is now seeking an "unprecedented" number of suspects following the riots...

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And encourages rioters to turn themselves in before agents start knocking on their doors.

Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, held a press conference where he described the Capitol building as a "crime scene."

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And said his agents were working with the FBI to find hundreds, if not thousands, more people who will be arrested.

"The scope and scale of this are unprecedented, not only in FBI history but probably DOJ history."

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He also stated that more than 170 case files have already been submitted for crimes committed during the riots and that that figure is going to "geometrically increase."

"The range of criminal conduct is really… Unmatched in any type of scenario that we've seen at the FBI or DOJ," he said.

"Just the gamut of cases and criminal conduct we're looking at is really mind-blowing."

And now, in the latest update, an investigation has been launched into the removal of panic buttons from the congressional office of Ayanna Pressley prior to last week's riot. 

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The news comes after reports that the Democratic congresswoman's chief of staff, Sarah Groh, found that panic buttons installed in Ms. Pressley's office had been ripped out as they barricaded themselves in during the deadly riot.

A spokesperson for Ms. Pressley told The Independent that "relevant authorities" have been informed of the removal of the panic buttons...

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And that an investigation has been launched.

A spokesperson shed more light on the matter...

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"During the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Congresswoman Pressley's Chief of Staff realized the duress buttons installed throughout the Congresswoman's office suite had been removed," said spokesman Ricardo A. Sánchez yesterday.

He continued:

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"The matter has been raised with the relevant agencies and is currently under investigation."

"The safety of the Congresswoman, her family, and our staff remain our top priority and at the direction of the Congresswoman, the Sergeant at Arms oversaw the installation of new duress buttons throughout the office following the attack."

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Ms. Pressley herself, who represents Massachusetts's 7th congressional district, has also spoken out.

"Learning that those panic buttons had been removed from my office was unnerving."

She continued:

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"I called within hours for the [House] Oversight Committee to initiate a thorough investigation to understand those individuals and agencies that might have enabled this violent attack."

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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For more on last Wednesday's riots, scroll on...