Storyful analyzed hours of user-generated video from the Capitol riot to piece together a timeline of how a mob of thousands overran police and attacked the U.S. Capitol. Protestors used social media to livestream the January 6, 2021 attack, which not only spread the unrest but provided news organizations with dramatic on-the-scene footage as the event unfolded in real-time.

Eyewitness videos identified and verified by Storyful show the evolution of events leading up, during, and after the attempted coup on Capitol Hill. From scenes of supporters of US President Donald Trump flying to Washington on January 5 and 6 to clashes with the police, Storyful reconstructed the major turning points.

January 5

Trump supporters flew into Washington.

January 6:

Trump supporters gathered for a ‘Save America’ rally near the Washington Monument.

Timeline: Verifying the Assault on the US Capitol | Storyful

Trump supporters clashed with police as they stormed barricades at the Capitol.

Trump supporters breached Capitol barricades, clashing with police.

Rioters destroyed media equipment as pro-Trump protesters stormed Capitol in Washington.

Trump supporters smashed windows at US Capitol building.

Pro-Trump protesters breached US Capitol building after clashes.

Trump loyalists entered the National Statuary Hall after storming the Capitol building.

United States Capitol Police locked down the entire complex after protesters breached its confines – including the Capitol Rotunda – and confronted law enforcement inside.

Trump supporters filled US Capitol halls after breaching barricades.

A lone police officer diverted a group of protesters away from the Senate floor as pro-Trump demonstrators breached the Capitol building.

Journalists inside the Capitol were told to take cover amid reports of gunfire inside the building.

Trump Supporters Surrounded the Capitol.

By shortly after 3pm, Trump supporters surrounded the western side of the Capitol, as rioters ransack the interior and politicians are rushed to safety.

Footage showed a police officer crushed in the door as the riot continued.

President-elect Joe Biden issued a video statement calling on US President Donald Trump to go on national TV to “demand an end” to what he described as the “siege” of the Capitol.

In a now-removed tweet, President Trump released a video message saying he was the victim of a “fraudulent election.” He told supporters to “go home in peace.”

After a 6 pm curfew went into effect, police dispersed large crowds of Trump supporters.

In the aftermath, Oregon Sen Jeff Merkley captured footage showing the damage caused to his office at the US Capitol by rioters.