Approaching 4 hours after the Capitol Constructing was overrun by Trumpist insurrectionists, police are lastly starting to maneuver in power, backed by Nationwide Guard forces from each D.C. and Virginia. Nonetheless, a minimum of one improvised explosive machine has been positioned, and plenty of of these presently occupying the halls of Congress are considered armed. So it might be a while earlier than the total crowd may be safely eliminated, and people who invaded the Capitol arrested. In fact, none of this might need been needed had the Capital Police taken motion to halt the terrorists, moderately than opening doors for them and sticking around to take selfies with them whereas making no transfer to arrest, and even impede, their invasion.
After a yr wherein police repeatedly handled Black Lives Matter protesters with excessive motion, to say these Trump supporters had been handled with child gloves doesn’t come shut. Police didn’t even trouble to gear up for what they knew can be a big occasion together with members of militia and white supremacist organizations.
And it’s not just like the insurrectionists had been doing something unhealthy, like peacefully protesting on a avenue. They had been solely making an attempt to overthrow the U.S. authorities, take members of Congress hostage, and conduct present trials on the Nationwide Mall.