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Lamar University president reacts to D.C. unrest


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Police in riot gear walk out of the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Police in riot gear walk out of the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Manuel Balce Ceneta, STF / Associated Press

Lamar University President Ken Evans is calling for a peaceful transition of power as police finish securing the U.S. Capitol Wednesday night, hours after it was breached by violent protesters attempting to halt the certification of the electoral college.

“The constitution provides for a peaceful transfer of power while also assuring our system of governance provides equal justice and a voice for all,” Evans said in a statement to The Enterprise. “These fundamental principles are no more critical than at this juncture in our nation’s history.”

The comments come hours after a protest devolved into chaos as dozens of people overran police barricades to interrupt Congress as they met to count electoral votes to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

One person was fatally shot amid the chaos, and the building was put on lockdown with lawmakers inside the House chamber being told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired into the Capitol Rotunda.


According to reporting by the Associated Press, a chaplain prayed as police guarded the doors to the chamber and lawmakers tried to gather information about what was happening.

A 6 p.m. curfew is now in effect in D.C., with remaining protesters in the area subject to arrest.

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