The FBI plastered DC bus stops with photos of people involved in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol so the public can help identify them

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The FBI plastered DC bus stops with photos of people involved in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol so the public can help identify them
A billboard on a bus stop on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest advertises a message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking information related to violence at the U.S. Capitol, on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.Al Drago/Getty Images
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using digital posters at bus stops in Washington, DC, as part of its investigations into the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • Photos of the posters, shown on large monitors at DC bus stops, were shared to Twitter by several journalists.
  • The agency is seeking help in identifying pro-Trump rioters who stormed the building during the violent insurrection that left five people dead.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using digital signs at bus stops in Washington, DC, to ask the public for help in identifying the people who participated in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Reporters, including CNN's Jim Acosta and Ryan J. Reilly of HuffPost, shared images of some of them on Twitter, as The Hill first noted Saturday.

The signs include photos of individuals seen at the Wednesday riot. They urge anyone with information about the insurrection or those pictured to contact the DC office of the FBI or the city's Metropolitan Police Department.

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One person was shot and killed by police during the riot earlier this week. Three other people suffered medical emergencies during the insurrection and died as a result. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer, was also killed after being struck on the head with a fire extinguisher, bringing Wednesday's death toll to five.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the building after the president encouraged them to come to Washington on January 6 to protest Congress' certification of the Electoral College vote.

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The FBI plastered DC bus stops with photos of people involved in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol so the public can help identify them
A billboard on a bus stop on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest advertises a message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking information related to violence at the U.S. Capitol, on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.Al Drago/Getty Images

In the months following his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump regularly made baseless and false claims about widespread election fraud to explain his loss to supporters. He and his allies were unable to substantiate the claims and lost dozens of lawsuits that attempted to overturn the election results.

But his supporters showed up to Washington anyway in a violent, last-ditch ploy to stop Congress from formally affirming Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

After Trump addressed his supporters near the White House on Wednesday, thousands of them marched to the Capitol building where many stormed in, overpowering Capitol Police. Those who broke in vandalized congressional offices, posed for pictures in the Senate chamber, stole from the offices, and otherwise desecrated the building.

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Authorities have already arrested and charged some of the individuals present at the insurrection on Wednesday. In an earlier statement, the FBI said it was calling on the public to help it identify those involved.

"If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant," the FBI said in a statement on its website soliciting information.

It continued: "Our goal is to preserve the public's constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity."

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