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Posted on: January 7, 2021

County Attorney William Ring Statement on Events at US Capitol

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Coconino County Attorney William Ring issued the below statement regarding the mob takeover of the United State Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

“Like many Arizonans, we watched the lawless takeover of our Nation’s Capitol yesterday with stunning disappointment. The purported cause for the protest - that the losing presidential candidate actually won in a landslide - has no basis in fact or law. And there are courts to peacefully settle those disputes. Out of options, the losing candidate lit a match to a mob that invaded the citadel of our democracy. However, with amazing grace the Capitol Police and the Congress put down the violence and finished our Nation’s business, proving our resilience and our confidence in the rule of law.

I have been to the Capitol on numerous occasions doing the people’s business. It is a place of great dignity and a chamber that brings a spirit of respect not only for the institution but for the people who work there. We at the Coconino County Attorney’s Office are grateful for the heroism of law enforcement that put down the insurrection - commenced at a time when Arizona’s votes were being counted. Our very citizen’s will from our own ballots cast here in our county was interrupted but then delivered and accepted. Democracy held. We should cherish the strength and commitment that Congress demonstrated yesterday and thank our representatives for their courage and commitment to law and order and our Nation’s history of peaceful transition of power.”

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