U.S. Capitol on Lockdown Amid Electoral Vote Protests
WASHINGTON (AP & WLNE) – The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.
Dozens of people breached security perimeters at the Capitol and lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda.
An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. The skirmishes occurred outside the building, in the very spot president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks.
Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear. Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.
Congress was forced to abruptly halt deliberations over Republican challenges. Republicans in a joint session of Congress were mounting their first formal challenge to Biden’s election win.
This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates.