Wednesday, January 06, 2021

A note when it's not clear how the Capitol occupation will develop

It's hard to know what to write about what's going on in Washington DC today, especially because now, at 4 pm in DC, it's not at all clear how the occupation of the Capitol by Trump supporters is going to develop. But here's one thing that stands out for me: apparently, the DC Police and all the other law-enforcement and security organizations of the local, state, and federal governments weren't prepared for this, yet those very organizations were quickly prepared to use overwhelming force in the summer of 2020 in response to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Then, demonstrators could be cleared out for a Presidential photo op; and now – nothing. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 January 2021)

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