• Ssemujju Lewis E

The Difference Between Police Response To Capitol Riot And Black Lives Matter Protests

6th January 2021 will go down in history as the day that the world looked on in pure amusement as pro-Trump supporters made a mockery of a democratic system the Americans need no invitation to brag about.

Trump supporters, in MAGA (Make America Great Again) apparel, were seen in assailant mode. They attacked the Capitol Hill, moments before Congress would certify Joe Biden's President-Elect status.

The pro-Trump "Stop the Steal" rally was planned for Jan. 6 ahead of time, and Trump has been encouraging supporters to attend on social media. He even said he'd make an appearance at what he referred to as a "historic day."

The Trump supporters overwhelmed the Capitol's security and made their way into the legislative chambers, prompting several lawmakers to scamper for their own safety.

The availability of law enforcement agencies, or none thereof, to combat the anarchy and chaotic scenes came up in all conversations with people comparing it to that of the Black Lives Matter Protests in the middle of 2020 after police murdered George Floyd.


January 6, 2021: Supporters of President Donald Trump protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the certifying Joe Biden as the next president. ( IMAGE: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

JUNE 2, 2020: Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. ( IMAGE: WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGE )