Rioters breached US Capitol security on Wednesday. This was the police response when it was Black protesters on DC streets last year

As hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, breaking windows and wreaking havocpoliticians and activists were among the many who drew comparisons between the police response on Wednesday to that of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

The death of George Floyd — a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck — in May of 2020 prompted hundreds of protests nationwide over the summer. In many cities, including the nation’s capital, police met protesters with tear gas, violence and arrests.
National Guard troops were deployed to the Lincoln Memorial on June 2, 2020, during protests held in Washington, DC, over the death of George Floyd.


However, Wednesday’s protests, many pointed out, were different. The Black Lives Matter Global Network, one of the most well-known organizations fighting for the well-being of Black people, described Wednesday’s riots as a “coup.”
The group said it was “one more example of the hypocrisy in our country’s law enforcement response to protest.”
“When Black people protest for our lives, we are all too often met by National Guard troops or police equipped with assault rifles, shields, tear gas and battle helmets,” the group said in a statement. “Make no mistake, if the protesters were Black, we would have been tear gassed, battered, and perhaps shot.”
Here’s a look at the protests from last year, compared to those on Wednesday.
June 2, 2020
Members of the DC National Guard, armed and wearing camouflage uniforms, stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last June, as crowds of demonstrators held a peaceful protest following several days of demonstrations.
During Wednesday’s events, rioters had already made it inside the building before the DC National Guard was activated.
January 6, 2021
Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters on Wednesday stormed the Capitol and filled the steps of the building. In some images, officers could be seen deploying pepper spray. Tear gas was also deployed, but it’s not clear whether by protesters or police, and people wiped tears from their eyes while coughing.
June 1, 2020
Before Trump made his remarks at the Rose Garden last June, police near the White House released tear gas and fired rubber bullets at protesters in an effort to disperse the crowd for the President’s planned visit to the St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Earlier in the day, Trump had encouraged the nation’s governors to more aggressively target protesters in their states.
After speaking, Trump walked past protesters to the church for a photo-op.
January 6, 2021
Pro-Trump protesters pushed past metal fences and breached the US Capitol building, walking throughout the complex for several hours.
Trump had directed the National Guard to Washington along with “other federal protective services,” according to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The entire DC National Guard was activated by the Department of Defense, according to the Pentagon.
June 3, 2020
Last June, protesters in Washington, DC, repeatedly faced tear gas. Many were detained. One protest led to 88 arrests.
By comparison, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday evening that police have made 52 arrests — 26 of which were made on US Capitol grounds.
January 6, 2021
Trump supporters flooded the steps of the Capitol, as Congressional leaders evacuated the complex following a lockdown.
A federal law enforcement official told CNN that DC National Guard did not anticipate being used to protect federal facilities, and the Trump administration had decided earlier this week that would be the task of civilian law enforcement.

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5 thoughts on “Rioters breached US Capitol security on Wednesday. This was the police response when it was Black protesters on DC streets last year

  • The insurrection, perpetrated by Trump supporters who can be seen at one point tossing an American flag down to the ground and hoisting a Trump flag, must be understood as the direct result of an insane, treasonous man who currently holds the title President of the United States. It is horrifying to watch and, Scottie, you have pointed out the one horrifying fact: those police had obviously been instructed to maintain mild resistance. Had those idiots been black men and women, there would have been two or three hundred dead folks.

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    • Hello Paul. Very true. I watched one video where the officers lined a corridor entry and just let the people walk in. It was a position to be easily defended. A reporter asked the officers if people were allowed to just walk into which the officer said no, you are not allowed to be here, and kept repeating it as they stood against the walls as rioters walked by into the building. The more I read on this the more it is clear there was money and organization behind some of this. All groups and elected officials involved need to be found and removed from office. Hugs

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  • I just get so angry seeing the contrasting photos and videos with the BLM project as well as those terrorists storming Capitol Hill. Paul is right. If a bunch of Black people did the same thing as these entitled thugs, then there would be so many corpses left and right with the police and military gunning them down.

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    • Hello Ospreyshire. You are correct, and it should anger all of us. We must end racism and stop double standards in policing. I am sorry the post did not do the photos. I want everyone to see the open racism of the police forces in the US. Hugs

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