The Washington DC Police has stated that 4 people were killed and 52 people arrested over the attempted storming of the Capitol building by Donald Trump supporters.
Social media companies, including Facebook and Twitter, froze Trump’s accounts for 24 hours and 12 hours respectively.
This was confirmed by Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee and also reported by Reuters on Thursday morning.
“Four people died on the U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday and 52 people have been arrested, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee said,” Reuters quoted. Twitter locked Trump’s account temporarily and threatened to maintain the lock if tweets are not removed, while Facebook says Trump’s account will remain locked for 24 hours due to policy violations.
A woman was initially reported to have been shot while trying to breach into the Capitol and was the first to be reported dead by the police. Eyewitnesses say she was one of the first to storm the building.
World leaders from China to Russia expressed concern and shock over the storming of the US Capitol building.
The protesters first breached exterior security barriers, and video footage showed protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building.
CNN’s team on the ground saw a number of protesters trying to move up the side of the Capitol building.
Several loud flash bangs were heard as well.
Protesters could be seen pushing against metal fences and police using the fences to push protesters back, while other officers reached over the top to club people trying to cross their lines.
Flashbangs could be heard near the steps of the Capitol as smoke filled the air.
In some instances, officers could be seen deploying pepper spray.
Tear gas was deployed, but it’s not clear whether by protesters or police, and people wiped tears from their eyes while coughing.