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'Hypocrisy' - Black Lives Matter organizer cites double standard in Capitol riots response

People across the country are pointing out what they say is a double standard between the treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters and the Capitol rioters by police.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2021, 10:51 PM

Updated 1,257 days ago

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People across the country are pointing out what they say is a double standard between the treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters and the Capitol rioters by police.
This summer's Black Lives Matter protests were largely peaceful, especially in Connecticut.
Organizers say the way they were treated was much different than the treatment that President Trump's supporters received.
In June, military-style police flooded into Washington, clearing out peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters with batons and gas.
On Wednesday, Capitol police were easily overrun by a violent mob of Trump supporters.
"I thought it was a hypocrisy to our Democracy," says Stamford NAACP President Guy Fortt.
Fortt says race played a role in the response.
"If that protest were people of color, we would have been either tear gassed, battered or perhaps even shot," says Fortt.
Sen. Chris Murphy is promising a full investigation.
"Those folks walking into the Capitol yesterday, they felt like they were acting without repercussions. Some of them were taking selfies with police officers," says Murphy.
At least one video shows police actually letting rioters in.
"It is clear that there was not enough preparation into this event," said SHU Public Safety Director Gary McNamara.
McNamara says this was a clear breakdown in planning, but the videos may not show everything.
"Why the decisions were made to allow access and not could have been a variety of reasons. One of which could have been simply because they were overwhelmed, and as a result on that overwhelmed feeling, they want to make the situation calmer," McNamara says.
After last summer's protests, state lawmakers passed a massive police reform package. This year, officers want to make changes -- but the head of the legislature's Judiciary Committee says he's unlikely to bring up major changes to the law this year.


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