Where Is the ‘Law and Order’ Now?

They have reportedly broken into offices and commenced looting; according to accounts from the Capitol, at least one person has been shot and has now died, per MSNBC. As activist Linda Sarsour observed, that decision sends the message that the Guard is “only to be deployed for Black- and brown-led protests.”

National Guard is only to be deployed for Black and brown led protests. From a Hill staffer currently on lockdown inside the Longworth building: “Where the fuck are the police, honestly?”— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) January 6, 2021

Trump took his time addressing the situation. pic.twitter.com/HyDURXfoaB— katie (@cevansavenger) January 6, 2021

In another clip, an officer in riot gear appears to be holding hands with a far-right protester, escorting them safely down the Capitol steps. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021

When asked why they weren’t expelling the mob, one Capitol Police officer told the New York Times, “We’ve just got to let them do their thing now.”

A cop as we’re evacuating: “Bet they like us now.”— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 6, 2021

One tweet includes footage of police opening the gates for the insurrectionists. I see. As one protester clarified to the Washington Post outside, these people do not align with either party but a single man: “Nobody’s listening to us, Republicans or Democrats. Roughly an hour after pandemonium broke out, he tweeted a bid for his followers to “please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” and to “stay peaceful!” Hours later, he released a video assuring the mob that, although they were “very special” and loved, and although he “won” the election, they should “go home, and go home in peace.”

As Black Lives Matter protests unfolded across the nation this summer, Trump deployed the National Guard to Washington, D.C., and his own special forces to select cities, threatening participants with “MINIMUM TEN YEARS IN PRISON” should they vandalize public property. Also notes firearms have been recovered, including long guns and hand guns.— Shira Tarlo (@shiratarlo) January 6, 2021

According to one report, some police are taking selfies with the insurrectionists, rather than pushing them back. the police opened the fucking gates. Black ppl in D.C. Still, one thing is clear: Law enforcement, usually so quick to clear demonstrators from government property during peaceful protests, seemed slow to counter the pro-Trump militia. have wounds from rubber bullets that still have not healed. https://t.co/RyYRjN3Oqu— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) January 6, 2021

Just a reminder of what those Capitol steps looked like during BLM protests. Capitol” today. watch whiteness work pic.twitter.com/gfrSZnb9Ce— Sjoerd Levelt (@SLevelt) January 6, 2021

The response also stands in stark contrast to the sit-ins outside Mitch McConnell’s office in 2017, which saw police physically remove protesters — some of them in wheelchairs — legally voicing their discontent with a draft of Republicans’ health-care bill. Meanwhile, D.C. According to Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis, the Defense Department initially “denied a request by D.C. In some cases heavily armed, in some cases waving Confederate flags, overtly aggressive members of the mob made their way inside the Senate chamber, forcing lawmakers to evacuate to a secure location. Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. Capitol. thinking about all the protestors who got their eyes shot out by rubber bullets this summer for doing things like "walking"— libby watson (@libbycwatson) January 6, 2021

I'm so f*cking angry right now. pic.twitter.com/tbVINclUHg— Bridget Kelly (@IamBridgetKelly) January 6, 2021

So peaceful BLM protesters get tear gassed but right wing extremists get into capitol? just thinking about this!!!! https://t.co/iDJHmrWsxm— Sista Pat (@UndocuBlack_Pat) January 6, 2021

thinking about how quickly i've seen capitol police clear a park of people with sleeping bags— Bridget Read (@bridgetgillard) January 6, 2021

Thinking about police cars running through barricades this summer, tear gassed public squares, the play by play cable news coverage of…potential looting at the Santa Monica Foot Action store (this is a real detail that I remember with vivid dismay)— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) January 6, 2021

Over the course of those protests, law enforcement made more than 14,000 arrests, according to Public Citizen. Got it.— Lauren Ashcraft 🌹 (@VoteAshcraft) January 6, 2021

Police inside appeared outnumbered at first, and NBC reports that the National Guard will now be activated. Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021

Still, all summer, protesters for racial justice reported that police officers and members of the National Guard — who showed up to rallies outfitted as if for combat — escalated nonviolent marches and vigils into violent conflicts. D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee reportedly counts 13 arrests made so far today. By Claire Lampen@claire_lampen

A violent mob of pro-Trump militants have stormed the U.S. officials to deploy the National Guard to the U.S. We’re Trumpers.”

It is a scene of utter chaos and violent rage, and with reporters and lawmakers alike scrambling to get themselves out of harm’s way, it is also hard to know exactly what is going on. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

On Wednesday, as the Senate voted to certify Joe Biden’s presidency, furious hordes of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol. In the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, demonstrators reported being assailed by rubber bullets — in some cases, being permanently blinded — tear gas, batons, and other “less lethal” weapons. This is a rapidly developing situation and we will be updating as needed. There’s no such thing. https://t.co/I0wh8jNoZQ— Jess Bergman (@jesslbergman) January 6, 2021

I am shaking with rage thinking of mental images of Black people and disabled people and protestors of all kinds peacefully praying, walking, singing in the name of justice inside the Capitol these past 4 years who were dragged out in wheelchairs, mocked by the police, and beaten— Helen Brosnan (@HelenBrosnan) January 6, 2021

But it is, perhaps, exactly what happens when a president encourages his extremist disciples to “stand back and stand by.” They listen, they prepare, and they pick their moment. Chief of Police Robert Contee says 13 arrests have been made today—3 people arrested were from Arlington, Va., all the others were from outside D.C. Miss me with the “overwhelmed” and “unprepared” law enforcement.

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