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Virginia Governor issues State of Emergency amid Capitol chaos

APTOPIX Congress Electoral College
Posted at 5:54 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 19:42:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a State of Emergency amid violence at the U.S. Capitol.

"My team and I are working closely with Mayor Bowser, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Chuck Schumer to respond to the situation in Washington, D.C. Per the Mayor's request, I am sending members of the Virginia National Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers to assist," Governor Northam announced Wednesday. "At the request of AlexandriaVA.gov and Arlington County Virginia – Government, I am declaring a curfew from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM in these jurisdictions, with limited exceptions. I am also issuing a State of Emergency in Virginia, so we can continue to respond."

Police are using tear gas and percussion grenades to begin clearing pro-Trump protesters from the grounds of the U.S. Capitol ahead of a curfew in Washington.

Police donned gas masks as they moved in Wednesday evening with force to clear protesters from the Capitol grounds shortly before a curfew took hold. In the moments before, there were violent clashes between the police and protesters, who tore railing for the inauguration scaffolding and threw it at the officers.

Police used tear gas and percussion grenades to break up the crowd, which began dispersing.

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win.

They were seen fighting with officers both inside the building and outside.

Police said at least one person was shot inside the Capitol; their condition was not immediately known.

The district’s police chief said at least 13 people were arrested, and five firearms had been recovered during the pro-Trump protests on Wednesday.