CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Federal authorities are investigating to determine if anyone from the Southern District of Ohio committed federal crimes at the U.S. Capitol building during Wednesday’s violent protests.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio says he is coordinating with the Cincinnati Division of the FBI to investigate potential violations.
Wednesday evening DeVillers tweeted: “Make no mistake... Federal crimes were committed today at our nation’s Capital building. Anyone who traveled from the Southern District of Ohio with the intent to commit such crimes will be prosecuted in the Southern District of Ohio.”
Protesters marched on the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon at the bidding of President Donald Trump. Some protesters then turned violent and invaded the building as lawmakers were debating objections to electoral votes in November’s presidential election, which was fairly won by Joe Biden.
A woman was fatally shot, three other protesters died in apparent medical emergencies and scores of police officers were injured, some seriously, according to DC police. See the full timeline below.
DeVillers outlined the possible federal statutes that might be applied to those found in violation of federal law (quoted in full from his statement:)
- 18 USC § 231 – Civil Disorder, which prohibits adversely affecting any federally protected function or obstructing any law enforcement officer from the performance of official duties, punishable by up to five years in prison.
- 18 USC § 2101 – The Federal Riot Act, which applies to anyone who traveled interstate to incite, promote, or participate in a riot. This includes anyone who aided or abetted individuals who carried on a riot or committed a violent crime in furtherance of a riot. The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.
- 18 USC § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection. This law states that whoever incites, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the United States faces up to 10 years in prison.
“We are in continual contact with the FBI and they are actively investigating,” DeVillers said. “There is no set timeframe for investigations to conclude.”
People in the Southern District of Ohio with information on anyone who might have broken federal laws at the Capitol on Wednesday are asked to contact the FBI at 513-421-4310. Tips can also be submitted to the FBI here.
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