“This is Our House!”: A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Participants

In a report released by The Program on Extremism at George Washington University, a team of researchers aimed to analyze the more than 250 individuals who were charged in actively participating in the January 6th storming of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.  They gathered information from court records and interviews with law enforcement professionals involved in the investigations in an attempt to understand the demographics, connections, and motivations of the violent mob.

This report titled, “This Is Our House!”: A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Participants, explores the group of alleged siege participants, as well as the diverse charges brought against them, and categorizes the perpetrators into three distinct categories: militant networks, organized clusters, and inspired believers.  The authors understand that this is “an exploratory, imperfect, and partial exercise, but still one that provides a solid, fact-based overview of what happened on January 6th and, to some degree, of the complex threat we are likely to see in the near future.”

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