The FBI Wants You To Make These Photos Of Capitol Insurrectionists Go Viral
The search for the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol last month isn’t your typical FBI manhunt.
Usually, when the FBI asks the public for help identifying someone photographed committing a federal crime, they’re focused on one person, maybe two. They probably know the general area where the suspect lives and can focus their efforts on that region accordingly. If they want a little more publicity ― say, for a serial bank robber ― they’ll give them a catchy nickname that will generate more headlines, public interest and social media discussion.
But the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, carried out by supporters of former President Donald Trump who believed his lies about mass voter fraud, isn’t a standard FBI investigation. Instead of one or two bank robbers, the FBI is seeking to identify hundreds of suspects who flooded into the Capitol on Trump’s behalf.