• 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 )

January 6, 2021: Supporters of President Donald Trump take over stands set up for the presidential inauguration as they protest at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. ( IMAGE: OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP)

JUNE 2, 2020: Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial monitoring demonstrators during a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd. IMAGE: WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES

January 6, 2021: Supporters of President Donald Trump enter the U.S. Capitol's Rotunda in Washington, D.C. ( IMAGE: SAUL LOEB / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

June 1, 2020: Police clash with protesters during a demonstration in Washington, D.C. Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout Washington after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis when police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. ( IMAGE: JOSHUA ROBERTS / GETTY IMAGES )



January 6, 2021: Supporters of President Donald Trump roam under the Capitol Rotunda after invading the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. IMAGE: SAUL LOEB / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

JUNE 6, 2020: A demonstrator stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial during a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. IMAGE: WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES

January 6, 2021: A man calls on people to raid the building as Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they try to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. IMAGE: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/ AFP

JUNE 1, 2020: Demonstrators confront law enforcement during an anti-police brutality protest in downtown Washington, D.C. IMAGE: DREW ANGERER / GETTY IMAGES

January 6, 2021: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. IMAGE: JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

June 1, 2020: A protester raises her hands near a line of National Guard soldiers deployed near the White House as demonstrations against George Floyd's death continued. IMAGE: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP

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