Statement from Commissioner Director Cappelli, Jr Regarding Invasion of the U.S. Capitol

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“On this day, one year ago, our country’s founding foundation, democracy, was under attack and the great American Experiment came under its greatest threat since the Civil War. A violent mob gathered in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election that they didn’t agree with. Carrying weapons, white nationalist emblems, confederate flags and Trump campaign material these individuals stormed the U.S. Capitol, destroyed property and threatened the lives of elected officials, journalists and police officers who were simply doing their jobs. To add insult to injury, former President Donald Trump was fanning the flames of this volatile situation and refusing to put a stop to this heinous attack.


January 6, 2021 is a day that will live in infamy in our nation. It’s a day where we remember what was almost lost and is a prime example of what can happen when four years of lies, fabrications and misinformation come to a head. The U.S. Constitution, carefully crafted in 1789, created the guiderails for good governance and on this day, an armed mob attempted to shred it. But as they say, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. We must never forget the irreprehensible actions that unfolded on this day. The painful legacy left by this incident will serve as a reminder of just how precious and fragile our democracy is and continues to be. So today, on the one-year anniversary of the insurrection, please take a moment to reflect and keep our elected representatives, every member of law enforcement that sustained our democracy against extraordinary odds of the insurrectionists and the journalists that brought the accounts and images of that catastrophic scene in your thoughts.”