Union officers claimed politicians from each events have used police as political pawns.
“It is disheartening, to say the least, when our officers return home to see inaccurate and biased news reports that feature Members of Congress, from both political parties, who continue to use law enforcement officers as pawns in the political process,” mentioned Kenneth Spencer, chairman of the U.S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police, in a press release, in accordance with the Washington Examiner.
Many Democrats, together with President-elect Joe Biden, claimed that a few of the officers defending the Capitol throughout the riot handled the Trump supporters much better than Black Lives Matter rioters have been dealt with by officers in latest months.
“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol,” Biden wrote Thursday on Twitter. “We all know that’s true — and it’s unacceptable.”
Liberal MSNBC host Joy Reid mentioned Wednesday that, “White Americans are never afraid of the cops, even when they are committing insurrection.”
“Even when they’re engaged in attempting to occupy our Capitol to steal the votes of people who look like me because, in their minds, they own this country, they own that Capitol,” she mentioned. “They own the cops. The cops work for them and people like me have no damn right to try to elect a president, because we don’t get to pick the president. They get to pick the president. They own the president. They own the White House. They own this country.”
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund additionally defended the response of his officers and took the blame for the safety failure.
“Once the breach of the Capitol building was inevitable, we prioritized lives over property, leading people to safety,” he mentioned in a press release. “Not one Member of Congress or their staff was injured. Our officers did their jobs. Our leadership did not.”
Police stand guard after a day of riots on the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Associated Press)
Sund resigned from his place Thursday, efficient Jan. 16.
ABC News anchors didn’t push back when a visitor claimed Black Live Matter protests have been largely “peaceful,” and the HuffPost declared in a headline: “For Police, MAGA Insurrectionists Weren’t A Threat. Black Lives Matter Was.”
Members of each events have questioned why the Capitol was so weak to breach however many have cautious accountable defective planning, not the responding officers themselves.
“It’s going to be very hard for me to not hug every single Capitol Police officer I pass through security or in the hallways,” Bailee Beshires, press assistant for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., wrote Thursday. “Those men and women are heroes who deserve more than what happened to them yesterday.”
Sean Hannity on Thursday said the breach exposed a “massive vulnerability” in safety on the Capitol.
“We must determine what went wrong at the U.S. Capitol, that is our top priority,” the “Hannity” host mentioned. “Americans demand answers, rightly so. What we all witnessed yesterday inside the Capitol building, that could never, ever, ever happen again in this country. That building belongs to we the people. This is our house and it was breached, and it was breached within minutes with relative ease … it’s inexplicable.”
FOP chief Spencer, who mentioned the U.S. Park Police gave the Capitol Police tactical help, criticized the “reckless planning” by the Capitol Police administration.
“It was clear that the management for the United States Capitol Police had wildly underestimated the risk for violence at the demonstration,” he mentioned of when Park Police officers arrived, in accordance with the Examiner. “Despite the reckless planning by their management, and at great risk to their own personal safety, Capitol Police officers continued to serve with dignity and professionalism amid the overwhelming chaos and hostility.”
In Wednesday’s melee, one rioter was fatally shot and Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died of accidents suffered within the riot. Three others died of medical emergencies both throughout or earlier than the riot.
Fox News‘ Brian Flood contributed to this report.