Police are not the heroes of the Capitol riots

Cops overwhelmingly backed Trump in the election and were well represented among the rioters on Jan. 6

Image ID: A line of Capitol police officers with round riot shields stands in front of the Capitol building at night. On the other side there is a crowd taking pictures with their cell phones. A man in front holds up a piece of metal temporary police fence. SEO Title: Democrats are presenting Capitol cops as ‘heroes’ as a backdoor means of rehabilitating police. Keywords: Joe Biden, Capitol riots, insurrection, January 6, Democrats, Donald Trump
A line of riot cops form a perimeter outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Tyler Merbler / CC-BY 2.0)

One year ago, police were gassing, beating, ramming with their cars, and otherwise brutalizing protesters participating in the largest civil rights demonstration in American history. Public opinion about policing…

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Justin Ward

Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD