Florida And Texas Lead The Country In Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Charges

Seven months after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in protest, over 500 people were arrested and charged in federal courts for their alleged involvement in the riots. Most of the arrests took place in Florida, closely followed by Texas and Pennsylvania.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump demonstrated inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP via Getty Images

The Key Facts

According to the U.S. Justice Department tracker, Florida had the most arrests related to Jan. 6, with at least 56 people in Florida so far. Texas comes in second with 55 people being charged in connection to the storming the Capitol. More than 20% of federal crimes related to the riots have been committed in Texas or Florida. Pennsylvania ranks third with 47 arrests, followed by New York (41) and Ohio (27). Washington, D.C. had 47 arrests, followed closely by New York with 41 and Ohio with 27. There have been no federal charges in the following states related to Jan. 6 Capitol Riots: North Dakota (South Dakota), Rhode Island, Vermont, Wyoming, and Vermont.

Big Number

There are more than 570. According to the U.S. Justice Department, this is how many people were arrested for crimes committed in January at the Capitol Building. The agency stated that more than 170 people were charged with hindering or assaulting law enforcement.

Surprising Fact

The FBI asked for public help to identify individuals suspected of crimes at the Capitol. Some suspects were turned over by friends who had posted on social media about the riot. Many had posted incriminating evidence online on dating sites like Bumble.

Important Background

The DOJ continues to identify and arrest rioters. Some individuals may not appear on the agency's tracker because they have been charged or arrested. The agency's tracker does not include every case. The U.S. Attorneys Office of the District of Columbia is prosecuting each person on the list. Paul Allard Hodgkins, a Florida man, was sentenced last month to eight months in prison for his role in the riots.

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