- The Federal Bureau of Investigation used digital posters at stops in Washington, DC, as part of an investigation into the deadly Capitol Uprising on Wednesday.
- Pictures of the posters displayed on large monitors at DC bus stops were shared on Twitter by several journalists.
- The agency is seeking help in identifying the riots that broke out in the building during the violent uprising that killed five people.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using digital signs at bus stops in Washington to ask the public for help in identifying the people involved in the deadly uprising in the US Capitol on Wednesday.
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—Jim Acosta January 9, 2021
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Signs include photos of people seen during Wednesday’s riot. They are urging anyone with information about the uprising or those in the photo to contact the FBI’s DC office or the city police department.
A man was shot and killed by police during a riot earlier this week. Three other people suffered medical emergencies during the uprising and died as a result. Brian Cynic, a 42-year-old Capitol police officer, was also killed after being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher, killing five people on Wednesday.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump disrupted the building after the president encouraged them to come to Washington on Jan. 6 to protest Congressional certification for voting in Electoral College.
In the months since his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump has regularly made baseless and false allegations of widespread election fraud to explain his loss to supporters. He and his allies failed to substantiate their claims and lost dozens of lawsuits that tried to overturn the election results.
But his supporters appeared in Washington in a violent last trick to prevent Congress from formally establishing Biden as the winner of the presidential election.
After Trump addressed his supporters near the White House on Wednesday, thousands of them headed to the Capitol building, where many people stormed, overpowering Capitol police. Those who infiltrated vandalized congressional offices posed in the Senate hall, stole from offices, and otherwise desecrated the building.
Authorities have already arrested and charged some of those present at Wednesday’s uprising. In an earlier statement, the FBI said it was calling on the public to help identify those involved.
“If you have witnessed illegal acts of violence, we urge you to submit any information, photos or videos that may be relevant,” the FBI said in a statement on its website to request information.
He continued: “Our goal is to preserve the constitutional right of the public to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity.”