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United States Attorney Scott W. Murray Condemns Violence at the United States Capitol

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

            CONCORD:  The events of January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. were deeply disturbing for all Americans. The attack on the U.S. Capitol struck at the very foundation of our Democracy.

            While the Constitution safeguards the right to demonstrate peacefully, it does not protect or justify mob violence, attacks on government institutions or efforts to damage federal property.  Neither does any Constitutional provision justify assaults or threats made against our elected representatives, federal administrative officials or police officers.  Those who engage in these behaviors commit serious crimes and will be held fully accountable before our courts.

            In the event that individuals from New Hampshire were involved in criminal activity in Washington, we will work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to ensure that they are brought to justice. If we determine that federal charges can be brought in this District, we will proceed with our law enforcement partners to ensure that prosecutions are initiated.


Updated January 8, 2021

Press Release Number: 21-003