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Video footage has emerged that shows police officers inside the Capitol Building in Washington posing for selfies with the supporters of President Donald Trump that have invaded the building.
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2
- Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
In a stark contrast with the scenes outside in the US capital city last year during the Black Lives Matter protests, Trump supporters - some of whom are believed to be armed - could be seen brandishing cameras in the face of those tasked with stopping and removing them for pictures.
A woman has been shot inside the building earlier, but her condition has not yet been disclosed.
Two suspected explosive devices have also been discovered, one inside the Democratic National Congress headquarters, and another in the headquarters of Trump's Republican Party.
The GOP building device has since been successfully and safely detonated by the bomb squad.
The National Guard has also been called in to help with proceedings.
In an address to his supporters, the US President reiterated his unfounded claims that the US election of November last year was 'stolen' from him, or in some way fraudulent, but asked his supporters to go home peacefully.
In a video shared to his Twitter, Trump said: "I know your pain, I know you're hurt, we had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and every knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now, we have to have peace.
"We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order - we don't want anybody hurt.
"It's a very tough period of time, there's never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, and from our country.
"This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people.
"We have to have peace, so go home. We love you, you're very special. You've seen what happens, you've seen the way that others are treated that are so bad and so evil.
"I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace."
President elect Joe Biden tweeted: "Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it's disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now."
He later added: "America is so much better than what we're seeing today."
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