Journalists in the Capitol arrested rioters Break window and try to replace one American flag outside the building with a Trump flag. They picked up Trump supporters roaming the halls of the building. And how the Capitol Police handled it – or not – didn’t go unnoticed on social media, where reporters, historians and activists spoke out against what they viewed as hypocrisy: a predominantly white crowd who acted violently was compared to Gentle peaceful protesters in Washington and across the country during protests against Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer.
Cori Bush, Missouri, MP, a veteran of the Black Lives Matters protests in Ferguson, Missouri, appeared on MSNBC Wednesday night criticizing the differential treatment.
“It was almost like there was this call [for the police] do not use force, ”said Bush. “There are pictures and videos of police officers who are just leaving. …. Would it have been people who looked like me? Would it have been the same number of people, but would they have been black and brown? We would not have made these steps. We couldn’t have got in the door and blown windows and put our feet on congressional desks. We couldn’t have made it that far. We would have been shot. We would have been gassed in tears. …. We have to call it what it is. It’s white supremacy. “
Politicians, former civil servants, activists and others on social media vented their anger and tweeted “#ThisisAmerica”, posting pictures and videos highlighting the different ways black and brown protesters were compared to the police Capitol insurgents were treated.
The police treatment of the rioters “says a lot about who is an enemy fighter and who is not – and how Capitol Hill police were unwilling,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the country .
“It is an example of all the way these people who have been driving some of the ugliest, hateful, and violent interactions at every turn – that they still had the benefit of the doubt when they got to Washington,” said he added.
Robinson said the extremists who stormed the Capitol should not be viewed as protesters. “It was domestic terrorism,” he said.
On Wednesday, Rep. Tim Ryan, Ohio, responsible for funding the Capitol Police as chairman of the subcommittee on the House’s Legislative Department, pledged to investigate the law enforcement response to the rioters who seized the Capitol. Ryan said officials made “strategic mistakes” and promised that there would be “a number of people who will be unemployed very, very soon.”
Videos of the Capitol mayhem showed extremists sitting in house and senate chambers and walking through the building – and one particular instance that was rampant online showed a man with his feet on Pelosi’s desk and a note that said “We’re not going back. “
This man, later identified as Richard “Bigo” Barnett of Gravette, Ark., By a New York Times reporter, later went to the Capitol to tell of his time in Pelosi’s office. He was not in police custody at the time of his exit from the Capitol. Reports have not confirmed whether he was among the rioters arrested Wednesday evening.
Another clip on Twitter showed a rioter taking a selfie with a police officer in the Capitol.
“It’s a dark day in America that a cop from the United States Capitol decides to take a selfie with a terrorist! And they’re wondering why WE don’t feel safe!” The NAACP posted on Twitter with the video.
Trump for his part, waited about an hour after his followers created havoc outside the Capitol to post a tweet asking them to “keep peaceful”. After hours of chaos on live television, he finally tweeted a video falsely claiming that the presidential election had been stolen from him and urged his followers to go home.
“We can’t play into the hands of these people,” Trump said in a video that Twitter later deleted from his account, which was banned until 7:00 a.m. Thursday. “We must have peace. So go home We love you. You are something special. “
In a tweet he said, “Remember, WE are the Law and Order Party” – a message he repeatedly delivered on the campaign when portraying Democrats as violent protesters.
In contrast, Trump celebrated the “many arrests” the day after his photo op last summer and bragged that “Washington, DC was the safest place on earth last night!”
By Wednesday evening, 13 people had been arrested in connection with the riots, said Robert Contee, chief of the police department of the metropolitan area, at a press conference. Contee said several officers were injured. A woman was also shot in the Capitol and later pronounced dead.
According to George Floyd’s protests last year, more than 14,000 people were arrested across the country last year Citizen, a progressive advocacy group that monitors corporate influence on politics.
MP Karen Bass (D-Calif.) Disgruntled Trump supporters who largely criticized the protests against Black Lives Matter for attacking police officers.
“The people who break into the Capitol are the same people who shout about law and order when it comes to protests against Black Lives Matter,” she wrote on Twitter. “The people who are attacking Capitol cops are the same people who say they’re with the police.”
Democrats and activists quickly drew attention to the Capitol Police’s response to the protesters on Wednesday afternoon was clearly different even from their daily enforcement actions. When asked on CNN whether Black Lives Matter protesters would have been treated the same as the rioters had they stormed the Capitol, Mayor Muriel Bowser made no reply.
#AmeriKKKa was trending on Twitter on Wednesday evening. Thousands of posts pointed to the difference in the law enforcement response to protests against Black Lives Matter and the extremists storming the Capitol.