Capitol’s double standard: 2014 Lakota song Indian Country Today
Greg Grey Cloud, Crow Creek Sioux, was arrested at the Capitol in 2014 after singing a traditional song of peace
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The group – the Republican Attorney General Association – is made up of some of the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement and legal officers.
Its fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, disseminated robocalls to people urging them to head to the Capitol on January 6, according to NBC News.
“At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” a voice on the call said, NBC reported.
Two Black officers told BuzzFeed News that their chief and other upper management left them totally unprepared and were nowhere to be found on the day.
“That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,” said the officer, who has been with the department for more than a decade. “They had radios, we found them, they had two-way communicators and earpieces. They had bear spray. They had flash bangs … They were prepared. They strategically put two IEDs, pipe bombs in two different locations. These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military,” the veteran said …
The officer even described coming face to face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed their badges, telling him to let them through …
“There’s quite a big difference when the Black Lives Matter protests come up to the capitol,” he said. “[On Wednesday], some officers were catering to the rioters.”
He said that what upset him the most was when he later saw images of a white colleague taking a selfie with the attackers, seeming to enjoy his time with the insurrectionists who were roaming the US Capitol with confederate flags and other symbols of white supremacy. …
“I sat down with one of my buddies, another Black guy, and tears just started streaming down my face,” he said. “I said, ‘what the fuck, man? Is this America? What the fuck just happened? I’m so sick and tired of this shit.’”
Soon he was screaming, so that everyone in the rotunda, including his white colleagues, could hear what he had just gone through.
“These are racist ass terrorists,” he yelled out. …
“I got called a n—– 15 times today,” the veteran officer shouted in the rotunda to no one in particular.
The Inaction of Capitol Police Was by Design The Atlantic
On the night before the march, they found D.C. police unwilling to let them do as they like, and even skirmished with cops who blocked them from entering Black Lives Matter Plaza. Those cops seemed not to understand that MAGA were not the ones to be policed. “We don’t got your back no more!” one yelled. “We’re the business owners! We’re the veterans!”
BREAKING: Current DC police officers just went on the record as saying that off-duty police officers and members of the military were a part of the mob that stormed the Capitol – and even flashed their badges and ID's to partake in the process.
— Tara O'Grady (@TaraLOGrady) January 8, 2021
Someone made the point that the insurrection had a festive air to it – like "hey this is fun!" This is spot on.
And it's the *exact* same type of energy their grandparents brought to the lynching.
— Charles W McKinney, Jr. (@CharlesWMcKinn2) January 8, 2021
It’s no coincidence the elected leaders who aided in Trump’s violent insurrection expect to face zero consequences. These are the same people who uphold a justice system where a kid arrested for smoking marijuana faces a lifetime criminal record. We must hold them accountable.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) January 9, 2021
Those now saying Twitter's ban violates free speech didn't object when the NFL fired Colin Kaepernick.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 9, 2021
The right to vote
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