Why Are Police Treating Capitol Protesters So Differently Than BLM?
This is an opinion.
Egged on by Donald Trump, MAGA protestors infiltrated the Capitol Building.
Members of Congress were meeting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The protestors appeared to encounter very little resistance from police–a sharp contrast from the aggressive, violent tactics of law enforcement during the Black Lives Matter protests.
Donald Trump is not going quietly. Egged on by Trump, protestors have stormed the Capitol Building and engaged in armed standoffs with police. They’ve broken into a government building and somehow experienced far less resistance than Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors experienced for peacefully protesting outside.
Why Aren’t the Police Responding Like They Did With Black Lives Matter?
We’ve all seen the hundreds of videos released during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests. Peaceful protestors were beaten, bruised, and bloodied. There videos of police ramming people with their vehicles and assaulting elderly, innocent bystanders. They even attacked journalists.
Check out this video of the violent police:
For what? Waving a sign?
Sure, some protestors were rioting and looting, but no one was upset about the response against those people.
These MAGA protestors broke through the Capitol building. They unlawfully infiltrated government property. According to CNN, a woman is in critical condition after being shot on Capitol grounds.
Why aren’t the police responding? Why aren’t they prepared like they were for Black Lives Matter? Why weren’t they lined up on Capitol grounds, looking like this:
They’ve had ample time to prepare. Trump has been talking about January 6th since 2020:
And yet, protestors just seemed to waltz right into the Capitol Building with no signs of tear gas, or batons, or rubber bullets.
The police were even taking selfies with the protestors: