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US Fact check: Viral images compare handling of Black Lives Matter protests and Capitol riot

03:55  08 january  2021
03:55  08 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Two bystanders in a Washington street expressed strong feelings at the riots unfolding at the Capitol and contrasted the response of the authorities to Black Lives Matter protests .

Two bystanders in a Washington street expressed strong feelings at the riots unfolding at the Capitol and contrasted the response of the authorities to Black Lives Matter protests .

The claim: Images show police presence during Black Lives Matter demonstrations compared to Capitol riot

a group of people wearing costumes: Capitol police officers in riot gear push back demonstrators who try to break a door of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. © Jose Luis Magana, AP Capitol police officers in riot gear push back demonstrators who try to break a door of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

When lawmakers met on Jan. 6 to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win over President Donald Trump, a pro-Trump mob of rioters breached security at the U.S. Capitol, climbed scaffoldings and broke into congressional offices.

As the events unfolded, many on social media shared images purporting to show the stark divide between law enforcement's handling of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests compared to the Trump supporters who violently stormed the Capitol.

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Facts First. The Black Lives Matter Global Network, one of the most well-known organizations fighting for the well-being of Black people, described Wednesday's riots as a "coup." Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters on Wednesday stormed the Capitol and filled the steps of the building.

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"Just a reminder, the 1st image was the capitol's security during a Black Lives Matter protest," reads a Jan. 6 Facebook post with over 800 shares. "The second is from today."

The post includes two photos: one showing a heavy presence of National Guard troops purportedly positioned on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and the second showing Capitol police attempting to keep rioters back on Jan. 6.

"Capitol Building during BLM vs Capitol Building today...," reads another post with 150,000 shares. In this version of the claim, the image of the National Guard is compared with a photo of rioters on the steps of the Capitol.

USA TODAY reached out to both users for comment.

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BLM protest against racism and police brutality against them, those suckers stormed the Capitol to abolish democracy. Sad to say this but if the protestors who stormed the capitol were black , then the police would have turned this into the american version of the Tiananmen square massacre.

The Black Lives Matter movement, which is back in the headlines amid the nationwide protests , receives President Donald Trump receives negative marks for his handling of the demonstrations to A majority of Americans (55%) see protests and rallies as a very or somewhat effective tactic for

Image wasn't taken at the Capitol

The first image in the social media posts does show District of Columbia National Guard troops stationed, but at the Lincoln Memorial, not at the Capitol building, as claimed in the posts. The photo was taken on June 2 and posted to Twitter by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz.

A similar photo taken on June 2 is visible on Getty Images and captioned, "Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC."

The appearance of the troops in the summer came as Black Lives Matter activists led demonstrations across the nation over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died when a police officer held a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Trump had ordered a tough response to the racial justice protests and said he had the authority to send in federal troops into states under the 1807 Insurrection Act even if local authorities did not request them, USA TODAY reported.

Then-Attorney General William Barr said Trump requested that he coordinate the federal law enforcement response in June as demonstrations started to become more aggressive. Trump threatened to deploy active troops to "dominate" the streets where protests turned violent, according to USA TODAY.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser rejected offers of help from the governors of at least four states, a spokeswoman told USA TODAY in June. Bowser was against expanding the federal presence and warned authorities to back off.

At the time, officials in 31 states had activated a total of 30,000 National Guard members to assist state and local law enforcement to handle civil unrest.

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Police response to BLM protests

The activation over the summer came as protesters vandalized monuments in Washington, including the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski statue in Freedom Plaza, according to photos shared by the National Park Service.

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A report by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project analyzed 7,750 Black Lives Matter protests in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., between May 26 and Aug. 22 and identified 220 locations where protests became violent.

"The vast majority of demonstration events associated with the BLM movement are non-violent," the report reads. "In more than 93% of all demonstrations connected to the movement, demonstrators have not engaged in violence or destructive activity. Peaceful protests are reported in over 2,400 distinct locations around the country."

During the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, over 500 people were arrested in one day in Los Angeles and 100 people were arrested over a span of three days in Minneapolis, USA TODAY reported. Dozens of people in other cities across the nation were arrested in a single night.

Data by Bellingcat and Forensic Architecture shows at least 950 instances of police brutality against civilians and journalists took place over the time period of five months during Black Lives Matter protests, The Guardian reported. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons.

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Capitol police response compared

In the viral post, the second image of rioters clashing with Capitol police was taken by Reuters photographer Leah Mills.

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"Supporters of President Trump clash with police officers outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, January 6," reads the caption of the image.

As rioters breached the building and hundreds swarmed the Capitol, only a small group of police stood outside, USA TODAY reported.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Rioters swarm the U.S. Capitol building following a Trump protest in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2021. © Jasper Colt, USA TODAY Rioters swarm the U.S. Capitol building following a Trump protest in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2021.

When rioters started climbing up the sides of the buildings, police appeared to retreat and attempted to secure one section outside but were quickly overwhelmed, according to reporters who were at the scene.

Videos and images shared to social media showed people in D.C. Capitol Police jackets removing barriers, and one officer who appeared to be posing in selfies with those who had breached the Capitol. Other videos from the scene show officers slowly escorting people out of the building, USA TODAY reported.

Vice President Mike Pence assisted in facilitating the decision to mobilize members of the D.C. National Guard, a move Trump had initially avoided, according to CNN.

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced in a statement by the afternoon that the D.C. National Guard had been fully activated "to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation."

By evening, officers began to use tear gas and percussion grenades to clear crowds ahead of the 6 p.m. curfew imposed by Bowser, who had requested a limited National Guard deployment ahead of the protests to assist the Metropolitan Police Department.

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D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said police made more than 60 arrests on Wednesday, including 41 on U.S. Capitol grounds, and four people died, USA TODAY reported.

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In wake of Capitol riot, active-duty Army officer under investigation

  In wake of Capitol riot, active-duty Army officer under investigation The Army is investigating Capt. Emily Rainey’s presence at the Capitol and what she did there, said Maj. Dan Lessard. Sen. Duckworth has called for broader investigations.The Army is investigating Capt. Emily Rainey’s presence at the Capitol and what she did there, said Maj. Dan Lessard, spokesperson for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It is unclear if she violated any laws, he said.

Our rating: Missing context

The claim that images show police response to Black Lives Matter protests compared to the Capitol mob is MISSING CONTEXT based on our research. Both images used in the claim are authentic, however, the first image shows the National Guard at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after it was vandalized, not at the Capitol. Reports indicate that protesters were met with more violence and arrests during demonstrations that took place over the summer compared to the January riot at the Capitol.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Martha Raddatz, June 2, 2020, tweet
  • Getty Images, June 2, 2020, "U.S. Cities Clean Up Damage As Riots Continue Across The Country"
  • USA TODAY, June 5, 2020, "National Guard troops surge into DC for George Floyd protests, but who's in charge?"
  • USA TODAY, June 18, 2020, "Tracking protests across the USA in the wake of George Floyd's death"
  • National Park Service, May 31, 2020, tweet
  • The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, accessed Jan. 7, US Crisis Monitor
  • USA TODAY, Jan. 7, "'Double standard': Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol"
  • Bellingcat and Forensic Architecture, accessed Jan. 7, Police Brutality at the BLM Protests
  • Reuters, Jan. 7, "Swarms of Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol"
  • CNN, Jan. 7, "Pence took lead as Trump initially resisted sending National Guard to Capitol"
  • Department of Defense, Jan. 6, "Statement by Acting Secretary Miller on Full Activation of D.C. National Guard"
  • Associated Press, Jan. 4, "DC mayor calls in National Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests"
  • USA TODAY, Jan. 7, "DC riots live updates: Trump condemned, police defend actions, city stunned after violent Capitol siege"

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Viral images compare handling of Black Lives Matter protests and Capitol riot

In wake of Capitol riot, active-duty Army officer under investigation .
The Army is investigating Capt. Emily Rainey’s presence at the Capitol and what she did there, said Maj. Dan Lessard. Sen. Duckworth has called for broader investigations.The Army is investigating Capt. Emily Rainey’s presence at the Capitol and what she did there, said Maj. Dan Lessard, spokesperson for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It is unclear if she violated any laws, he said.

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