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Full prosecution for Minnesotans involved in D.C. riot, US Attorney's Office warns

It's unknown at this point if any Minnesotans were involved in the violence at the nation's Capitol.
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If authorities can prove any Minnesotans were involved in the breaching of the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, those individuals will be prosecuted. 

The warning was issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota, calling Wednesday's rioting "despicable" and "criminal." 

"The storming of our Nation’s Capitol building is not protest- it’s despicable, disrespectful and a violation of federal law," the attorney's office announced. "If we can prove you travelled from MN to DC to commit violent criminal acts, then you will be prosecuted by [the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota] to the fullest extent of the law."

More than 70 people were arrested through 7 a.m. Thursday, according to NPR, with the majority of them taken into custody for violating D.C.'s strict curfew that will be in place for the next two weeks. 

The unrest and rioting led to 50 police officers suffering injuries as an unruly mob of Donald Trump supporters overran Capitol and Metro police and broke into the Capitol, with several officers hospitalized with serious injuries.

One woman was fatally shot inside the building by Capitol police and three others died from medical emergencies, according to D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee. 

Many more arrests are expected to happen in the coming days and weeks, with CNN's Jim Sciutto reporting that the FBI's digital media team has been scouring social media video and plans to announce multiple arrests later Thursday. 

“Just because people weren’t arrested yesterday doesn’t mean they won’t be arrested,” a Department of Justice official told Sciutto. “No charges are off the table.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura believes the arrests will be easy thanks to the significant presence of security cameras, also suggesting that President Trump should be arrested for encouraging the storming of the Capitol. 

"Vast majority weren’t wearing masks to hide their identity & they posed to photograph their illegal many surveillance cameras are all over DC? Should be more than capable of arresting the whole hive...but hey, start with their leader. You know where he is," Ventura tweeted. 

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