Spokane – William D. Hyslop, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, issued the following statement:
The January 6, 2021, mob attack upon the United States Capitol was a shameful and reprehensible affront to our democracy, and I condemn it in the strongest possible way. Our Constitution protects the rights of free speech and assembly, but it does not protect mob violence, threats to harm public officials, assaults on law enforcement officers, or damage to government buildings. Those who engage in these behaviors commit serious crimes, and our criminal justice system will hold them accountable.
The United States Attorneys across the Nation work closely with our law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to ensure that any individuals who were involved in criminal activity at the U.S. Capitol are brought to justice.
Anyone with information regarding the events of January 6 should contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation: https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/aad18481a3e8f02 .
Likewise, the January 6, 2021 event has been traumatizing to many. Recognizing the mental health impact of this terrible day, the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) has developed “Twelve Self-help Tips for Coping in the Aftermath of the Attack on the U.S. Capitol,” which can be accessed via the NMVVRC website at this link: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edwa/page/file/1352756/download
The NMVVRC was established in 2017 through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. The mission of the NMVVRC is to improve community preparedness and the nation’s capacity to serve victims recovering from mass violence through research, planning, training, technology, and collaboration.