NAACP President Derrick Johnson on Thursday criticized police inaction towards Trump supporters whoon Wednesday, saying it confirmed a double commonplace when in comparison with how regulation enforcement responded to Black Lives Matter protesters this summer season. Johnson mentioned police responded to peaceable anti-racism protesters “as in the event that they had been criminals” whereas the pro-Trump mob was in a position to freely stroll out of the Capitol.
“There was a lot intel of what this group was coming to D.C. to do. That they had been speaking about it on social media. The president truly was selling it. The truth that regulation enforcement companies, notably the Capitol Police, was ill-equipped to cope with what their acknowledged function was, and it was to disrupt the certification of the election, that is in stark distinction to the peaceable protests that we have seen in D.C. and all throughout the nation,” Johnson mentioned in an interview Thursday with CBSN anchor Tanya Rivero.
The response to Black Lives Matter protesters, he mentioned, “was as in the event that they had been criminals, they usually had been merely finishing up a First Modification proper to protest.”
“It’s unlucky that people who’re home terrorists are in a position to come to the nation’s capitol and terrorize not solely members of Congress however workers and others,” Johnson mentioned of the pro-Trump rioters.
Others, together with President-elect Joe Biden and former first girl Michelle Obama, reiterated the sentiment in their very own statements and remarks on Thursday.
Mr. Biden mentioned one among his granddaughters despatched him a photograph final evening of heavily-armed regulation enforcement officers filling the steps of the Lincoln Memorial through the Black Lives Matter protests final summer season. Regulation enforcement didn’t have the identical presence on the Capitol through the pro-Trump riots.
“Nobody can inform me that if it had been a gaggle of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they would not have been handled very in a different way than the mob that stormed the Capitol,” Biden tweeted.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham requested in a information convention Thursday why regulation enforcement was not as ready because it was through the summer season protests. The rioters vandalized the constructing as lawmakers had been rushed to security whereas they had been assembly to rely the Electoral School votes.