US President-elect and vice Joe Biden and Kamala Harris condemn the disparate treatment of Black versus white protesters after Capitol Hill events in response to the Capitol Hill bleaching by an insurrectionist mob Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters demanding racial justice in the United States.
“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they would have been treated very, very different than a mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” Biden said in a speech on Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was introducing nominees for his Department of Justice.
During Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that erupted across the country in the middle of 2020, law enforcement deployed overwhelming force in dozens of cities, including chemical dispersants, rubber bullets and hand-to-hand combat with largely peaceful crowds and some unruly vandals and looters. More than 14,000 were arrested.
On Wednesday, police said 68 arrest were made, the majority for breaking a curfew put in place by the mayor of Washington, DC. This, despite the fact that several weapons seized and improvised explosive devices found. Members of a wilding mob were seen being escorted from the premises, some not even in handcuffs.
Vice President Kamala Harris, a former attorney general of California, said the US justice system does not apply in the same way to white and Black people in the US, rich and poor, and pledged to address the disparity.
“The challenge we’re facing in our country is about more than the actions of the few we watched yesterday,” she said on Thursday.
“It’s about how to reform how to transform a justice system that does not work equally for all,” she said, “a justice system that is experienced differently depending on whether you’re white or Black.” Here