Black Capitol Police officer says MAGA mob were ‘racist terrorists’ who repeatedly used the N-word while attacking cops during the siege
- Two black US Capitol Police (USCPD) officers say they were racially abused during the MAGA riots in Washington DC last week
- One officer said he was called the N-word upwards of 15 times during the ordeal
- He was reduced to tears after, recalling the crowd to be ‘racist a** terrorists’
- The officer said he was shocked to find cops from all over the country among the crowd, who reportedly flashed the badges and said ‘we’re doing this for you’
- Another cop said he was forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat with some of the crowd as officers were outnumbered ten to one
- He said rioters carrying Blue Lives Matter flags were punching and kicking him
- Both officers said the response would’ve been different if the rioters were black
Black Capitol Police officers say the MAGA mob who rioted in Washington DC last week were ‘racist a** terrorists’ who reportedly hurled racial epithets at them as they sought to protect the legislature.
Two members of the US Capitol Police Department (USCPD) described being subjected to vile racial abuse during the chaos that erupted Wednesday, which left five people dead – including one of their colleagues.
‘I got called a n***** 15 times,’ one of the officers, a veteran of the force, told Buzzfeed.
After the pro-Trump mob dispersed, the officer said he broke down in tears for around 15 minutes.
‘I sat down with one of my buddies, another black guy, and tears just started streaming down my face,’ the officer recalled. ‘I said, “What the f***, man? Is this America? What the f*** just happened? I’m so sick and tired of this s***.”’
One of the officers said he was upset to see how white colleagues were treating the mob, posing for selfies when some among the crowd were roaming the Capitol holding the Confederate flag
Two black US Capitol police officers say they were racially abused during the pro-Trump riot that saw thousand mob Washing DC last Wednesday
USCPD Officer Eugene Goodman is seen running away from the mob, leading them from the Senate chamber door which had at that time not yet been locked. He is being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking
In the middle of the Rotunda, the veteran officer said he began to shout out, to no one in particular, ‘These are racist a** terrorists.’
‘I cried for about 15 minutes and I just let it out,’ he told Buzzfeed.
Another officer, who is a newer recruit to the department, described how he was forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the rioters, some of whom hurled Blue Lives Matter flags at him. He said cops were outnumbered roughly 10 to one.
‘We were telling them to back up and get away and stop, and they’re telling us, they are on our side, and they’re doing this for us, and they’re saying this as I’m getting punched in my face by one of them,’ the officer 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.’
Shocking new footage emerged Sunday showing one Capitol police officer being yanked out of the building and beaten with a flagpole bearing the American flag.
The officer, who has not been identified, is seen being flung face first onto the Capitol steps and set upon by rioters, who beat him while he’s lying defenseless. One member of the mob is also seen using a black baton on him.
A supporter of President Trump sprays pepper spray at members of the Metropolitan police force during the ‘Stop the Steal’ protest last week
One officer (not pictured) said he was attacked by members of the crowd who were carrying Blue Lives Matter flags (In the above image, an officer is seen in the middle of a melee with a crowd, with a Thin Blue Line flag – a symbol of support for law enforcement – visible top left)
The veteran officer, meanwhile, recounted to Buzzfeed his shock after coming face-to-face with a number of police officers from across the country among the mob.
‘You have the nerve to be holding a Blue Lives Matter flag, and you are out there f***ing us up,’ he said he told one group of protesters he encountered inside the Capitol. ‘[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.”’
Police department across the country – including in Texas, Washington State, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and California – have opened investigations into whether any of their own officers took part in the Capitol siege. So far, several officers and at least one police chief are facing potential termination or suspension.
One USCPD officer, Brian Sicknick, died ‘from injuries sustained’ while responding to the attack
The veteran cop continued that he believes images that have since surfaced showing the rioters marauding the Capitol’s halls in bizarre costumes have downplayed just how well prepared the group were to attack the legislature – and potentially harm Congress members.
‘That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,’ the officer, who has been with the department more than a decade, told Buzzfeed.
He said many among the crowd came equipped with radios, two-way communicators and earpieces, in addition to homemade explosives and pipe bombs.
‘They were prepared … These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military.’
The officer said that while the scenes that unfolded last Wednesday were difficult for all officers, he believes black officers found themselves in a particularly difficult position.
He said the police response to the riot also marked a stark contrast to how police handled Black Lives Matter protests in the summer.
‘There’s quite a big difference when the Black Lives Matter protests come up to the Capitol,’ he told the outlet. ‘[On Wednesday], some officers were catering to the rioters.’
The cop said he was upset to see images of white colleagues taking selfies with the attackers, seemingly enjoying their time with the mob, some of whose members were roaming the US Capitol clutching Confederate flags.
‘That one hurt me the most because I was on the other side of the Capitol getting my a** kicked,’ he said.
The officer affirmed that had it been a group of predominantly black Americans who had stormed the Capitol, he believes the police response would have been vastly different.
‘If you’re going to treat a group of demonstrators for Black Lives Matters one way, then you should treat this group the same goddamn way,’ he told Buzzfeed.
‘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. Everyone who came into that Capitol should have been arrested regardless if they didn’t take anything.’
US Capital police react after the casket with fallen police officer, Brian Sicknick, passed during a funeral procession in Washington, DC on January 10
One officer described the crowd as a well-organized militia who were very much prepared to storm the Capitol (Pictured: One demonstrator attempts to strike an officer in the face during last week’s riot)
In excess of 50 people were arrested during Wednesday’s insurrection, with the number have increased to more than 80 in the days since, as federal authorities swoop in on some of the main agitators of the riot
The police response to the rioters has drawn claims of racist double standards in the broader public too.
‘No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol,’ President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday.
‘We all know that’s true — and it’s unacceptable.’
Keneshia Grant, an associate professor of political science at Howard University, concurred, telling NBC: ‘I think it’s absolutely true that the insurgents yesterday were treated with much more care than the folks who participated in the Black Lives Matter protests.
‘What we saw was a system of law enforcement that’s designed to protect certain people.’
So far, at least 82 people have been arrested and more than 55 have been charged over the insurrection. Hundreds more are being hunted by the authorities but are yet to be found, including 25 people who are being investigated on terrorism charges.
Five people have also died. One protester, Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead as she attempted to climb through a shattered window of a barricaded door near to the chamber. Three protesters died from ‘medical emergencies’ and one officer, Brian Sicknick, died ‘from injuries sustained’ while responding to the attack.
Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during a struggle, two law enforcement officials told Associated Press.
A second member of the Capitol Police, Howard Liebengood, was on duty on Wednesday and died by suicide on Saturday.
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