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Saturday Night Owls: Black cops recount their day fighting ‘racist ass terrorists’ at Capitol

The officer even described coming face to face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed the badges, telling him to let them through, and trying to explain that this was all part of a movement that was supposed to help.

“You have the nerve to be holding a blue lives matter flag, and you are out there fucking us up,” he told one group of protestors he encountered inside the Capitol. “[One guy] pulled out his badge and he said, ‘we’re doing this for you.’ Another guy had his badge. So I was like, ‘well, you gotta be kidding.’” […]

In the seven years since Black Lives Matter has become a rallying cry, the image of a white cop, deciding how and when to enforce law and order, has become ubiquitous. On Wednesday, Americans saw something different, as Black officers tried to do the same, as they attempted to protect the very heart of American democracy. And instead of being honored by the supporters of a man who likes to call himself the “law and order” president, Black Capitol officers found themselves under attack.

“I got called a nigger 15 times today,” the veteran officer shouted in the rotunda to no one in particular. “Trump did this and we got all of these fucking people in our department that voted for him. How the fuck can you support him?”

“I cried for about 15 minutes and I just let it out.”

THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READING

  • American Grotesque, by John Jeremiah SullivanInsane birthers and Glenn Beck-worshipping tea-partiers, proud racists and gun-toting antigovernment loons—they’re all here, and they’re all angry about something. John Jeremiah Sullivan goes deep into the bowels of the great American Rage Machine on a patriotic quest for common ground with his countrymen.
     
  • The Day the Great Apes Died, by Sandy HingstonTwenty-five years ago, the tragedy at the World of Primates building broke the city’s heart and raised a loaded question: What, exactly, do we owe the animals in our care?
     
  • Ginni Thomas, Wife of Clarence, Cheered On the Rally That Turned Into the Capitol Riot, by Mark Joseph Stern. “God Bless Each of You Standing Up or Praying!”
     

TOP COMMENTSRESCUED DIARIES

QUOTATION

“Are you a communist?”
“No I am an anti-fascist”
“For a long time?”
“Since I have understood fascism.”
          ~~Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2004—Bush sweats “inside” books:

The Bush White House is nervous about two forthcoming books by former insiders. Ex-Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill assails the president for a lack of interest in substantive policy in a book written by journalist Ron Suskind that will be trotted out with great fanfare on CBS’s “60 Minutes” this weekend.

One Bush insider, however, ventures that no one really cares what a former Treasury secretary says. But, a book due out later by Richard Clarke, the White House’s top terror expert under both President Clinton and President Bush, is another matter. Mr. Clarke is known to feel the Bush administration largely ignored the threat of terrorism and Osama bin Laden before 9-11, even after al Qaeda in June 2001 claimed responsibility for the bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American soldiers.

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