Americans watched in astonishment Jan. 6 as a violent mob broke through barricades and lines of police to overrun the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to prevent Congress from conducting the ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes.
The disorderly mob left a trail of destruction throughout the Capitol Building. The riot left four dead and at least 14 police injured, and resulted in more than 50 arrests.
Insurance industry leaders were quick to condemn the violence.
“We are in the business of protecting American families, businesses, individuals, communities and the larger economy,” David A. Sampson, president and CEO of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, said in a press release. “The actions taking place in Washington, D.C., threaten the very pillars of our country.”
Following a four-hour lockdown, the joint session of Congress resumed and certified the election results.
“The top priority of independent insurance agents and brokers is and has always been keeping people and property safe and protected. Yesterday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol was appalling and inexcusable,” Bob Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. (The Big "I") president and CEO, said in a press release.
“The Big ‘I’ strongly condemns those who endangered lives and desecrated this powerful symbol of our democracy. We will continue to advocate for safety and security for all Americans and for adhering to the United States Constitution, as our country moves forward after this disturbing incident.”
Noting all Americans have a responsibility to speak out against “the violence and display of demagoguery” Jan. 6, Evan G. Greenberg, chairman and CEO of Chubb, said in a statement: “This is not who we are as a nation...