Des Moines Man Among Those Photographed Storming US Capitol


WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the U.S. Capitol Building 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 Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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IOWA — WHO 13 has identified one of the pro-Trump extremists who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday as Des Moines-native Doug Jensen.

Jensen was caught on video and by still photographers as he lead a group of fellow rioters up the stairs of the Capitol as officers inside the building retreated.

Jensen shared these photos on his Facebook page Wednesday morning from a rally lead by President Trump where speakers shared debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud and false claims about the legality of the 2020 election:

Still photos taken by a Getty photographer inside the US Capitol clearly show Jensen standing at the front of the pack of insurrectionists.

Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic shared this cellphone video on Twitter that clearly depicts Jensen leading the charge up the stairs to the second floor of the US Capitol as police retreat before him.

Jensen was not one of the 13 people who were arrested yesterday at the Capitol. He has been active on his social media accounts on Thursday, including Twitter posts where he self-identifies himself in photos in the US Capitol.

The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is working to identify rioters who were in the US Capitol. Jensen is shown in two of the photos the department posted online in hopes of identifying offenders.

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