While there are times when criticism of American policing is not only warranted but necessary, Jan. 6, 2021, was not such an occasion. On that day, when a traitorous commander in chief turned an armed mob against them, the U.S. Capitol Police stood and fought. They did their jobs.
Yes, one could argue, as I often have, that the officers would have reacted with a barrage of gunfire if the insurrectionists had been Black, but there is no arguing that the Capitol Police, with some assistance from the Washington Metro Police, showed valor that day. Even as law enforcement officers within Trump’s mob flashed badges and fought against them, the men and women who were supposed to guard the Capitol did their jobs, and today they bear the scars to show for it.
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Photo: U.S. Capitol Police Officer By. Miki Jourdan