The James Garfield Monument is seen on the U.S. Capitol grounds days after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Steven Sund, the head of the U.S. Capitol police, announced he will resign Jan. 16 along with two senior security officials just minutes before an officer died of injuries delivered by Trump supporters attacking the capitol.

Sund, Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael Stenger, and House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving faced a firestorm of criticism after a mob of rioters broke into the capitol with relatively little resistance. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would fire Stenger as one of his first actions after he became majority leader later this month. Officer Brian Sicknick died Thursday evening, raising the number of deaths to five. 

The preparedness of the police led some to place blame on Sund and President Donald Trump and not the officers, especially after reports showed that leaders declined help from the National Guard and other police forces days before the D.C. protests took place. But President-elect Joe Biden led a list of prominent people who questioned the tepid response and wondered openly if it would have been different had people of color stormed the capitol. 

“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently from the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” Biden said.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Hero Officer Killed by MAGA Mob Wanted to Be a Cop ‘His Entire Life’: Family – The Daily Beast – 1/8/2021
Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer “his entire life.” The South River, New Jersey, native joined the New Jersey Air National Guard as a means to that end. He served in post-9/11 Operations Enduring Freedom and Desert Shield, and worked for the 108th Air Refueling Wing at New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Capitol Police face shake-up after failure to fend off mob of protesters – The Washington Times – 1/7/2021
Lawmakers on Thursday targeted the U.S. Capitol Police for a shake-up after its officers failed to fend off violent pro-Trump protesters who laid siege to the building, resulting in the deaths of at least five people.

Who is Steven Sund, the Capitol Police chief resigning after DC riots? – Fox News – 1/8/2021
The U.S. Capitol Police Chief who announced his resignation following this week’s deadly riot has served in Washington, D.C., law enforcement for decades and has played a prominent role in handling security for numerous presidential inaugurations.

Capitol rioter in horned hat gloats as feds work to identify suspects – NBC News – 1/7/2021
As investigators were poring over surveillance footage and social media posts of the Capitol invasion Thursday afternoon, one of the most recognizable participants was in a car cruising out of Washington, D.C. “The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win,” Jake Angeli, 33, said in an interview with NBC News near the start of his cross-country journey to his native Arizona.

For Police, MAGA Insurrectionists Weren’t A Threat. Black Lives Matter Was. – HuffPost – 1/8/2021
On Wednesday, a crowd of white supporters of President Donald Trump livestreamed a fascist insurrection. They filmed themselves storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., tossing aside barricades, smashing windows and ransacking legislative offices. They filmed themselves screaming and chanting, exultant that they’d somehow just occupied the seat of American power.

Behind the Strategic Failure of the Capitol Police – Politico – 1/8/2021
The successful storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday represents perhaps the greatest policing failure in American history, a catastrophic collapse that ended up costing one Capitol Police officer his life and the entire security leadership of the Capitol their jobs.

Attack on the Capitol shows America’s racial double standard is alive and well – The Undefeated – 1/8/2021
The legendary writer James Baldwin memorably summed up America’s racial double standard more than a half-century ago. Sadly, his words remain as true today as they were then: “If any white man in the world says give me liberty or give me death, the entire white world applauds,” Baldwin told talk show host Dick Cavett in 1969. “When a Black man says the exact same thing — word for word — he is judged a criminal and treated like one.”

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