♦Two Black officers with the US Capitol Police reported that they were repeatedly called the N‑word by Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
♦One pointed to a “big difference” in how his colleagues dealt with the rioters, compared with last summer’s Black Lives Matter protesters.
♦“Some of the officers were catering to the rioters,” the officer said.
♦The Capitol Police has come under fire for its handling of Wednesday’s attack. Some officers were seen allowing the mob to advance on the building and posing for selfies.
Two Black US Capitol Police officers reported that they were repeatedly called the N‑word by supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol last week and suggested that their fellow officers went easy on the rioters.
One of the officers who spoke with BuzzFeed News, a newer recruit, pointed to a “big difference” in how his fellow officers treated Wednesday’s mob compared with the way they treated Black Lives Matter protesters last summer.
Much attention has been paid to a video showing officers open a barricade to the mob, and to the fact that initial arrests paled in comparison with the number of people arrested at protests against Trump and racial injustice.
“Some officers were catering to the rioters” on Wednesday, the officer said.
The younger officer said it was hurtful to see video of one of his white colleagues posing for selfies with some of the rioters.
“That one hurt me the most because I was on the other side of the Capitol getting my ass kicked,” he said.
The officer said that if it had been Black people breaching the Capitol last week, he’s not sure his white coworkers would have been as chummy with them.