JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The organizers of the protests in Jacksonville called the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday a shame and said it did not compare to what happened in Jacksonville last summer.
The main difference, according to the organizers, was the police presence and the purpose of the protests.
In May, tear gas was thrown in downtown Jacksonville and a number of armed officers were arrested.
Some organizers say that if the shoe had been on the other foot, there was no way the riot at the Capitol would have happened. The divide in America was clear to some on Wednesday in DC.
President-elect Joe Biden pointed out the difference in a speech on Thursday afternoon, saying the events demonstrated a clear failure to pursue the same justice.
“I received a text from my granddaughter Finnegan Biden, who was a senior in her final semester at the University of Pennsylvania. She sent me a photo of the military in full military gear, dozens of them lining the steps of the Lincoln Memorial because of Black Lives Matter protest, ”he said. “She said, ‘Pop, this is not fair.’ Nobody can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protests yesterday, there wouldn’t have been one, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently from the crowd of thugs who stormed the Capitol. “
Aaliyah Core is one of the organizers of The Shift Jax, a social justice group that hosted one of the protests against Black Lives Matter in Jacksonville this summer.
“When we did, it was a shame on America when we protested peacefully,” Core said. “But, you know, they are literally the illegible federal property.”
Although none of The Shift’s protests turned violent, other protests in the city did, and she says the situation at the Capitol shows the difference.
“I think if we were in the Capitol and even tried, the police would have handled it very differently,” Core said. “The Black Lives Matter movement is fighting for freedom and these people are fighting for power.”
The world watched as the Capitol Police said, “These people actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed police officers with metal pipes and emitted chemical irritants and picked up other weapons against our officers. They were determined to enter the Capitol building, doing great damage. “
Northside Coalition President Ben Frazier says he’s not at all surprised.
“What we saw yesterday was the blatant display of racial discrimination in law enforcement agencies. It was a classic example of white privilege, a formidable example of white supremacy right in front of our eyes, ”Frazier said.
Speaking at the Jacksonville protests that summer, Frazier said JSO overreacted and overreacted to a peaceful movement.
“There was police interactions in Jacksonville. What about those moments compared to what we saw at the Capitol yesterday? We saw people in Jacksonville who were peaceful and were jostled and beaten up by JSO officers. We even saw a minister who was arrested and tried to help people. It is clear that there is a stark difference in the way law enforcement agencies handle different political protests, ”he said.
A woman arrested during the protests after George Floyd’s death was sitting in front of a line of police officers in protective clothing as they moved in, held her and held her for two days.
She calls what she saw at the Capitol amazing.
“It was a pretty terrifying experience knowing what happened,” said Coricia Campbell. “To be honest, I’m shocked, still shocked at the difference. I mean, people treat this like criminals just because we’re protesting racial differences. “
The Guardian reported that over 10,000 protesters across the country were arrested in the summer.
As of Thursday afternoon, 68 people had been arrested after Capitol police alleged their officers had been attacked.
More than 80 people were arrested during the protests on two days of protest in Jacksonville. 63 people were charged with unlawful gathering and their charges were dropped. Four men were arrested for crimes.
Campbell’s charges have been dropped, but she says she can’t forget that.
“The difference was just amazing. As if the people weren’t out there who would give them names and throw stones at them like nothing. They were just celebrated as patriots, ”she said.
She also said that she believes President Donald Trump played a role, comparing his tweets from yesterday to last summer.
In a video on Twitter, the president called the mob “very special” and said we love you but you have to go home. T.
Last summer Trump called the protesters’ thugs and said, “Any difficulty we’ll take on, but when the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
“As if he assumed to say, okay, I love you, you are special, go home. I honestly can’t find words to describe like the feeling of saying that, ”said Campbell.
She said she was surprised at how President Trump’s supporters behaved, but she thinks this is undeniable evidence of racial prejudice in the criminal justice system.
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