Black Cop Who Worked Capitol Hill During Attack Said He Was Repeatedly Called A 'N****r'
Another officer, who is a newer recruit, told BuzzFeed they were outnumbered 10 to one, and he was getting punched in the face as the attackers were telling police that they are on their side.
January 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Two Black officers detailed their harrowing experiences during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building last week, particularly noting the amount of racial abuse they had to endure from the violent mob, which carried out the attack to show support for President Donald Trump.
The officials placed the blame on their managers, who downplayed the possibility of a riot and failed to prepare the officers for the attack. As one example of the management's failure, the officers said they were given gas masks, but their bosses didn't instruct them to bring the equipment on the day of the chaos.
“That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,” one of the veteran officers told BuzzFeed. "They had radios, we found them, they had two-way communicators and earpieces. They had bear spray. They had flash-bangs. They were prepared. They strategically put two IEDs, pipe bombs, in two different locations. These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military.”
While some of the officials at the Capitol are suspected of aiding the mob, the two officers speaking to BuzzFeed said they battled for two hours before the insurgents gained access to the building. As Blavity previously reported, some policeman allegedly flashed their badges and identification cards before joining the mob in the attempt to overrun the building.
“You have the nerve to be holding a Blue Lives Matter flag, and you are out there f**king us up,” the veteran Black officer said he told one group of rioters. “[One guy] pulled out his badge and he said, ‘We’re doing this for you.’ Another guy had his badge. So I was like, ‘Well, you gotta be kidding.’”
The other officer, who is a newer recruit, said they were outnumbered 10 to one, and he was getting punched in the face as the attackers were telling police that they are on their side.
"That happened to a lot of us," he said. "We were getting pepper-sprayed in the face by those protesters — I'm not going to even call them protesters — by those domestic terrorists.”
Comparing law enforcement's treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters last summer with the police tactics at the Capitol, one of the officers noted a glaring contrast.
“There’s quite a big difference when the Black Lives Matter protests come up to the Capitol. [On Wednesday], some officers were catering to the rioters,” he said. "If you’re going to treat a group of demonstrators for Black Lives Matter one way, then you should treat this group the same goddamn way. With this group, you were being kind and nice and letting them walk back out. Some of them got arrested, but a lot of them didn’t.”
As Blavity previously reported, a CNN study concluded that police in Washington, D.C., arrested more than five times as many people at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, compared to the number of rioters detained during the invasion of the Capitol Building.
"No one can tell me that if that had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol," President-elect Joe Biden said during a press conference on Thursday.
Echoing the sentiments of many Black Americans who saw the disturbing images on social media, the younger officer said he was especially devastated when he saw images of a white colleague taking a selfie with the attackers.
“That one hurt me the most because I was on the other side of the Capitol getting my ass kicked,” he said.
According to NPR, investigators are now examining photos and video footage from the attack and communicating with people on the internet to identify the perpetrators.
"This kind of crowdsourcing is not the same thing as a formal investigation. It's certainly not a replacement for the investigations done by the judicial system," John Scott-Railton from Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto told NPR. "But it's an excellent mechanism for surfacing clues."