NC ranks 11th in total arrests for rioting at the Capitol



Protesters gather in front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The Justice Department has charged hundreds of people with crimes related to the riots. Twenty-six from North Carolina.

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The focus of the uprising

Two years after the riot in the US Capitol, the case file of the United States of America against the people of North Carolina continues to grow. Experts say NC’s role as a recruiting, training and planning site for the Jan. 6 terror attacks is largely unmatched by other states. This report examines the state’s links to violence, highlights cases to watch out for, and explores what’s next.

North Carolina has the 11th highest number of arrests related to the riots at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In total, the FBI detained more than 900 people. with some tables up to 964 — representing nearly all 50 states. The numbers continue to grow.

The top three are Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania, followed by New York, California and Ohio.

Here’s the breakdown, put together Extremism program at George Washington University and The Charlotte Observer/News & Observer.

(Note: While the GWU program lists 21 NC arrests, The Observer tallied 25. For South Carolina, GWU lists 20 arrests; the Rock Hill Herald and The Columbia State tallied 19.)

1. Florida: 98.

2. Texas: 74.

3. Pennsylvania: 73.

4. New York: 64.

5. California: 59.

6. Ohio: 50.

7. Virginia: 41.

8. Illinois: 34.

9. New Jersey: 30.

10. Maryland: 29.

11. North Carolina: 25.

16: South Carolina: 20

Michael Gordon has been a legal writer for the Observer since 2013. He has been an editor and reporter for the newspaper since 1992, occasionally writing about schools, religion, politics and sports. He spent two summers as “Bikini Mike” recording stories while pedaling around the Carolinas.

NC ranks 11th in total arrests for rioting at the Capitol

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