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'Double standard': Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol

'Double standard': Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol
Civil rights leaders blasted law enforcement agencies for their slow response to rioters at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, noting the massive show of police force in place for Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year.

KENT NISHIMURA/LOS ANGELES TIMES WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service)  Civil rights leaders blasted law enforcement agencies for their slow response to rioters at the U.Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio and former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, questioned law enforcement officials' security efforts.As thousands of people of color and allies took to the streets last year to peacefully protest police brutality, law enforcement often clashed with demonstrators, deploying tear gas and rubber bullets, bruising faces and bodies, and, in one incident that went viral, pushing an elderly man to the ground.But as thousands of President Donald Trump supporters, mostly white, marched from a campaign-style rally to the Capitol Wednesday and broke into the building as lawmakers were convening to count presidential electoral votes, forcing lawmakers and staff to shelter in place, crowds of law enforcement were notably absent.

National Guard to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation," Miller said in a statement.Johnson questioned why the Capitol police and other local law enforcement agencies weren't prepared for thousands of Trump protestors, including the Proud Boys.

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