People Are Contrasting Photos From The Attempted Capitol Coup With Those From Black Lives Matter Protests
In particular, people are noting how different the police presence looks.
As President Donald Trump's supporters attempted a coup at the Capitol building in Washington, DC, people noticed a stark difference to how the city looked during the Black Lives Matter protests last year.
Last summer, demonstrations broke out across the US in response to police killings of unarmed Black people, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. These protests were often met with a large response from police, including the use of tear gas and physical violence.
On Wednesday, law enforcement had a large presence at the storming of the Capitol building — including members of the National Guard and police officers in riot gear and with weapons drawn.
To demonstrate the difference between the police responses to the Capitol coup attempt and the Black Lives Matter protests, people have been sharing photos of the two scenes.
This photo below (which some had incorrectly said was taken in front of the Capitol) shows members of the National Guard in formation in front of the Lincoln Memorial on June 2, 2020, as protests continued outside the White House.
This person recalled heavy-handed tactics from police during protests in Washington, DC.
"Let me say this: I fucking remember 'cause I was there. I experienced DC police coming into the fucking McDonald's after macing Karon Hylton-Brown's mom," they said.
This person recalled a similar scene at a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn.
And yet another person remembered what it was like during a demonstration in Portland, Oregon.
People also recalled June 1, 2020, when police fired tear gas against protesters in Washington, DC, so Trump could deliver an impromptu speech at a church near the White House.
Others juxtaposed images of Trump supporters at the Capitol on Wednesday with pictures of police arresting BLM protesters last year.
The scenes were also compared to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, a peaceful protest that Trump routinely criticized.
A video from Wednesday shows the moment when people passed through a doorway in the Capitol and faced a single security guard who ultimately backed away.
Those arrested included members of American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT), a disability rights group, who were protesting Republican cuts to Medicaid.
Other images just captured the frustration and absurdity of it all.