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Posted on: Friday, 8 January 2021
"We would have been shot”: Texas activists shaken by law enforcement reaction to Capitol siege
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Texans protesting police brutality last year faced tear gas, rubber bullets and mass arrests while demonstrating after another Black man’s death at the hands of law enforcement. On Wednesday, they watched from afar as a mostly white swarm of President Donald Trump supporters pushed through police barricades, broke into the U.S. Capitol with relative ease and literally kicked their feet up on the House Speaker’s desk.

Video footage showed an officer apparently taking a selfie with one of the people who broke into the building and officers seemingly opening gates to let protesters nearer to the building. The New York Times reported that when an officer was asked why police weren’t forcing the mob out as they paraded through the chambers and member offices, the officer said, “We just got to let them do their thing for now.”

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