Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol

Officials white privilege led to lax Capitol police presence on Jan. 6

Elected officials in Michigan are speaking out about the deadly riot in Washington on Wednesday, calling attention to the double standard of how the mostly white pro-Trump rioters were treated compared to how law enforcement treated Black Lives Matter protesters throughout 2020.

“What we saw yesterday, if that had been a whole riot of Black people having an insurgence on the Capitol -- oh my goodness, Black bodies would have been lying everywhere,” said Michigan Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.

Congresswoman Lawrence says, though it may be difficult for people to hear or even realize, the truth is that Capitol police would have responded differently Wednesday if the rioters Black instead of white.

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Lawrence was among the many lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol when the pro-Trump extremists stormed the building on Wednesday.

“It was a riot. There were people destroying property, being violent, breaking windows, moving government property,” Lawrence said.

Officials and Americans alike are calling attention to the contrast between law enforcement’s handling of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests throughout 2020 and their response to the violent insurrection at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6.

A photo has gone viral on social media of officers standing on those same Capitol steps during the BLM protests in Washington last summer vs. rioters crowding those steps Wednesday. Many are wondering why police had such a heavy presence amid largely peaceful BLM protests, but were hardly present amid such a violent riot Jan. 6.

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