US Capitol police officer dies after violent pro-Trump riots, reports say

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A police officer involved in the US Capitol riots has died, according to reports.

Hundreds of pro-Donald Trump fanatics descended on the Washington government building on Wednesday afternoon in protest against Congress officially naming Joe Biden as President.

The officer would be the fifth person to die – although the news is still unconfirmed – as a result of the day's violence, which came about following a rally attended by the President earlier in the morning.

Other reports, which are also unconfirmed, say the officer was hit over the head with a fire extinguisher by a pro-Trump protester.

One woman – identified as US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt – was shot and killed by police as the crowd breached the building and three others suffered medical emergencies that proved fatal.

Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building
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Rioters on Wednesday breached the Capitol and the Senate chamber, ransacked the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others, and stole a laptop from the office of Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

Meanwhile tonight Donald Trump has finally condemned fanatical supporters who "defiled" the Capitol complex on Wednesday, saying they "do not represent our country".

The President released a video to Twitter in which he also accepted the result of the election for the first time and pledged a "smooth transition" of power to Joe Biden.

He had been temporarily banned from Twitter and Facebook after his posts amid the chaos, after the platforms deemed his continued election denials to be inciting violence.

In Thursday evening's video, Trump conceded for the first time that Joe Biden will be the next US President, after his 12-hour Twitter ban was lifted.

Pro-Trump protesters scale a wall as they storm the U.S. Capitol Building
(Image: REUTERS)

Trump finally condemned the riots in a video released on Thursday evening

Democrats have been circling today, saying Trump must be ousted from the White House before January 20, when Biden will be inaugurated.

It is thought Vice-President Mike Pence is against invoking the 25th amendment, which allows the President to be removed from office is he is unfit to lead.

But Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, key Democrat figures in Congress, have said he should be impeached.

U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber
(Image: Getty Images)

They have argued tonight that he still "poses a danger" and "incited an insurrection".

Yesterday, hundreds of Trump fanatics stormed the US Capitol, vandalising offices and property.

The President had earlier spoken at a rally where he encouraged followers to march on the Capitol, where Senators were ratifying the result of last year's election.

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