Four dead after violent riots and mayhem in Washington
Police have regained control after thousands of Donald Trump supporters forced their way inside Washington’s Capitol building.
Lawmakers have since returned to certify Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
In harrowing scenes earlier in the day, the protesters clashed with police and managed to breach several layers of security and smashed their way into the chamber.
A female protester, an airforce veteran, was shot in the chest and has since died.
Amelia Adams crossed to 3AW Drive’s Heidi Murphy, describing the streets as calm with law enforcement “on every corner.”
“I have just seen from DC police four people have died here today, one was shot by police in the chamber.
“Three others died in medical emergencies.”
Washington’s police chief confirmed the deaths, saying three people died from “medical emergencies”.
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Politicians inside were told by police to take cover and put on gas masks.
On the floor of the House of Representatives – a book case barricading the door pic.twitter.com/fVPdLND4l9
— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) January 6, 2021
People were seen scaling walls to get inside.
US president elect, Joe Biden, condemned the violent scenes.
“The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America, do not represent who we are,” he said.
“What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.
“This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end now.”
Donald Trump took to social media to ask his supporters to “go home” in peace, despite persisting with incorrect claims the election has been “stolen” from him.
Twitter has since locked Trump’s account for “repeated and severe violations” of its safety policy.
Nine News US correspondent Amelia Adams was at the scene and spoke with 3AW Breakfast.
“It is just extraordinary,” she said.
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The riots comes after Mike Pence released a statement saying he would not block Biden’s certification out of respect for the US constitution.
Donald Trump had earlier urged Mr Pence to reject it.
— 9News Australia (@9NewsAUS) January 6, 2021
Picture: Twitter / @AmeliaAdams9