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Left-wing protesters get treated with brutality. Right-wing protesters get coddled.

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  1. [4]
    rkcr
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    FWIW, it seems like the core issue is that DC police were unprepared to handle the riots because they didn't think there would be any. Police brutality is much harder to pull off when you are...

    FWIW, it seems like the core issue is that DC police were unprepared to handle the riots because they didn't think there would be any. Police brutality is much harder to pull off when you are unarmed and outnumbered!

    Now, why were the police so unprepared? That is probably about biases (aka, BLM will riot, MAGA people won't).

    15 votes
    1. [3]
      Eabryt
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      I had NBC on all day and I think at one point I heard them say that the mayor of DC (Bowser) had said in the days leading up to the event that they didn't need more and urged federal forces to not...

      I had NBC on all day and I think at one point I heard them say that the mayor of DC (Bowser) had said in the days leading up to the event that they didn't need more and urged federal forces to not get involved, which is why it took so long to get a response organized.

      Now, I haven't seen another source and I'm not even positive who said it, so take it with the biggest grain of salt possible, but if it is true, it's not a good look for her either.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        dubteedub
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        Mayor Bowser does not control the Capitol Hill Police Force, that is a federal government responsibility and funded by Congressional appropriations. Similarly, Mayor Bowser does not have the...

        Mayor Bowser does not control the Capitol Hill Police Force, that is a federal government responsibility and funded by Congressional appropriations. Similarly, Mayor Bowser does not have the ability to deploy the D.C. National Guard, that is Trump's authority.

        Some interesting perspectives in this article.

        Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, which funds the Capitol Police, said heads would roll.

        “I think it’s pretty clear that there’s going to be a number of people who are going to be without employment very, very soon because this is an embarrassment,” he said, adding that the breach was the result of “enormous strategic and planning failures by the Capitol Police, by the Sergeant at Arms and anybody else who was a part of coordinating this effort."

        Ryan said he’d had conversations with security as recently as the night before, and had been assured that nobody would be allowed near the Capitol, and that the national guard, D.C. metro police and SWAT teams were to be engaged.

        16 votes
        1. Eabryt
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          Good to know. I knew that the National Guard was Trump's, and saw that was one of the hypothesized reasons for not wanting them around yesterday.

          Good to know.

          I knew that the National Guard was Trump's, and saw that was one of the hypothesized reasons for not wanting them around yesterday.

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    Good_Apollo
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    In some ways this is how the police should react to protesters...you know not immediately turning to violence and escalating the drama. On the other hand (some of) these protesters were able to...

    In some ways this is how the police should react to protesters...you know not immediately turning to violence and escalating the drama.

    On the other hand (some of) these protesters were able to storm the capitol building during a session and nobody seemed to really stop them which is just wild. Many protesters were being relatively peaceful though and it was refreshing to not see the police descend on them like wild animals...that’s how it’s supposed to work we have a right to protest in this country!

    I’m also sure the light presence of police was deliberate, I think their was a real worry that extreme violence against these protesters might galvanize a very real movement against the federal government and split this country in two. Remember how many votes this idiot got.

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      nukeman
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      I personally think one of the reasons the feds are so hands-off with far right protestors is because they are worried of causing another Oklahoma City.

      I personally think one of the reasons the feds are so hands-off with far right protestors is because they are worried of causing another Oklahoma City.

      3 votes
      1. Good_Apollo
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        It was funny to see the dissonance with these protesters where they arrive at the capitol in a furious anger believing their country is being destroyed but leave quickly once the police tell them...

        It was funny to see the dissonance with these protesters where they arrive at the capitol in a furious anger believing their country is being destroyed but leave quickly once the police tell them to. Where’s their fight? Their fury? They take a flash bang or two and like a single volley of tear gas and they neatly disperse and probably thanked the police on their way out.

        It’s so bizarre.

        5 votes