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Do Photos Show Guns Drawn in US House Chamber?

Widely circulated photographs show at least three officers pointing their guns at rioters.

Published Jan 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)1 (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Image Via Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Claim:
Photos taken in the U.S. House Chambers of the U.S. Capitol show Capitol police officers with guns drawn.

Photographs captured in the U.S. House Chambers during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in the District of Columbia show U.S. Capitol police with their guns drawn and pointed at members of a mob that stormed the building.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The photos in question were captured by photographer Drew Angerer and made available through the photo aggregation site Getty Images. As the riots advanced into the evening, a number of news publications and social media users posted a variety of similar pictures online.

A caption accompanying the photo noted that Congress was holding a joint session to ratify U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A mob of pro-Trump protesters who opposed the 2020 election results breached the Capitol, forcing the House and Senate into a recess. As of this writing, the building had been secured and lawmakers were expected to move forward with certifying the election.

Madison Dapcevich is a former writer for Snopes.

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