One in Five Charged Capitol Rioters Identified as Ex-Military

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An NPR analysis has found that nearly one in five people charged over their alleged involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol appear to have a military history. NPR compiled a list of individuals facing federal or District of Columbia charges in connection with the events of Jan. 6. Of more than 140 charged so far, a review of military records, social media accounts, court documents and news reports indicate at least 27 of those charged, or nearly 20 percent, have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. To put that number in perspective, only about 7 percent of all American adults are military veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some veterans who allegedly stormed the Capitol are still serving in some capacity. Roughly one-third of active duty troops said they had “personally witnessed examples of white nationalism or ideological-driven racism within the ranks in recent months,” according to a 2019 survey conducted by the Military Times and the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

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