Saturday Night time Owls: Black cops recount their day combating ‘racist ass terrorists’ at Capitol

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The officer even described coming head to head with law enforcement officials from throughout the nation within the mob. He mentioned a few of them flashed the badges, telling him to allow them to by way of, and attempting to elucidate that this was all a part of a motion that was supposed to assist.

“You might have the nerve to be holding a blue lives matter flag, and you might be on the market fucking us up,” he instructed one group of protestors he encountered contained in the Capitol. “[One guy] pulled out his badge and he mentioned, ‘we’re doing this for you.’ One other man had his badge. So I used to be like, ‘effectively, you gotta be kidding.’” […]

Within the seven years since Black Lives Matter has change into a rallying cry, the picture of a white cop, deciding how and when to implement legislation and order, has change into ubiquitous. On Wednesday, Individuals noticed one thing totally different, as Black officers tried to do the identical, as they tried to guard the very coronary heart of American democracy. And as a substitute of being honored by the supporters of a person who likes to name himself the “legislation and order” president, Black Capitol officers discovered themselves below assault.

“I acquired referred to as a nigger 15 occasions at this time,” the veteran officer shouted within the rotunda to nobody specifically. “Trump did this and we acquired all of those fucking individuals in our division that voted for him. How the fuck are you able to help him?”

“I cried for about quarter-hour and I simply let it out.”

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  • The Day the Great Apes Died, by Sandy HingstonTwenty-five years in the past, the tragedy on the World of Primates constructing broke the town’s coronary heart and raised a loaded query: What, precisely, will we owe the animals in our care?
     
  • Ginni Thomas, Wife of Clarence, Cheered On the Rally That Turned Into the Capitol Riot, by Mark Joseph Stern. “God Bless Every of You Standing Up or Praying!”
     

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Every day Kos on this date in 2004—Bush sweats “inside” books:

The Bush White Home is nervous about two forthcoming books by former insiders. Ex-Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill assails the president for a scarcity of curiosity in substantive coverage in a guide written by journalist Ron Suskind that will probably be trotted out with nice fanfare on CBS’s “60 Minutes” this weekend.

One Bush insider, nevertheless, ventures that nobody actually cares what a former Treasury secretary says. However, a guide due out later by Richard Clarke, the White Home’s high terror professional below each President Clinton and President Bush, is one other matter. Mr. Clarke is understood to really feel the Bush administration largely ignored the specter of terrorism and Osama bin Laden earlier than September 11, even after al Qaeda in June 2001 claimed duty for the bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American troopers.