Justice Department launches webpage tracking individuals charged in Capitol riot
The Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs on Thursday launched a new webpage listing every defendant facing charges in Washington, D.C., over their alleged roles in last week’s violent pro-Trump riot at the Capitol.
The page lists the name of each defendant, along with their specific charges, place of residency, the case status and the date the information was last updated on the website. The page’s extensive chart also includes links to digital copies of the press releases and charging documents associated with each case.
Although individuals have been arrested in multiple states across the country, the Justice Department’s website states that each case associated with the Jan. 6 siege at the Capitol is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
According to the agency, each defendant, following arrest or surrender, must appear before a district court magistrate or judge in the city where the arrest took place.
The webpage’s list includes multiple arrests on Thursday alone, such as 49-year-old Christine Priola, a former Cleveland schools occupational therapist who appeared in a viral photo from the riot standing next to the vice president’s chair in the Senate chamber.
Retired Pennsylvania firefighter Robert Sanford, 55, was also arrested and charged Thursday in connection to throwing a fire extinguisher at police outside of the Capitol during the riot.
Five people died amid the chaos at the Capitol last week, including a Capitol Police officer who was responding to the riot.
The Justice Department has so far brought more than 70 criminal cases in connection with the riot that occurred as a joint session of Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
The FBI has said that it is pursuing investigations into more than 170 people.