A ‘black eye on security’: Why didn’t the Capitol Police stop the rioters?

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The law enforcement officers charged with protecting the Capitol building were completely overrun by a mob, raising questions about the security of Congress. When a pro-Trump mob pushed past security and barricades and descended on the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, many watching the news wondered where the security and law enforcement officials, who had been strongly deployed ahead of Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, were this time. So did Brian Gant , a veteran of both the FBI, where he worked on domestic and international terrorism along with cybercrime for five years, and the Secret Service, where he did protection assignments and electronic crime work for a decade. Read Full Story

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The attack on the Capitol has damaged democracy worldwide for a generation

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It’s hard to overstate how extraordinarily dangerous the next several years will be to democracy across the world. This week the world watched as a MAGA-clad mob stormed through the most sacred symbol of American democracy. They did not just breach a building. Donald Trump and his most radical supporters trampled recklessly and repeatedly over our ideals. For many, including those in his party, he had finally gone too far. Read Full Story

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Instead of police randomly enforcing traffic laws, cameras and smart design could make safer streets

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Part of reallocating police budgets could involve taking the bias out of traffic stops and instead doing real work to change our streets. In New York City, police issue more criminal summonses for cycling on the sidewalk in Black and Latino neighborhoods than in white ones. Those neighborhoods, it turns out, tend to lack protected bike lanes, and research has shown that when a protected bike lane is available, the prevalence of sidewalk cycling plummets by as much as 94%. What if the money spent on that sort of policing was used instead to build safe bicycling infrastructure, so people didn’t feel like it was necessary to ride on the sidewalk in the first place? Read Full Story

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Washington D.C. wasn’t designed for an insurrection

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How did armed rioters storm the Capitol Building this week? We talked to experts to learn what went wrong. The scene is still almost impossible to believe. Thousands of protesters, incited by the words of Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol Building this week to protest the ratification of presidential incumbent Joe Biden. They climbed walls and knocked out windows before treating the most important law making building in the United States as a playground. Read Full Story

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Berkeley is going to create a new traffic enforcement department, so police don’t do traffic stops

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The City Council voted to explore forming a Berkeley Department of Transportation that would enforce speeding and traffic laws, instead of armed police officers. The most common way the police and the public interact is through traffic enforcement. That means minor issues like broken brake lights or failure to signal can quickly, turn deadly for Black Americans, as they did in high-profile cases of people killed following traffic stops like Philando Castille and Sandra Bland. But in Berkeley California, police eventually won’t be involved in any traffic violations—or speeding tickets, parking enforcement, collision investigations, or even monitoring school crossing, all of which are currently under the purview of Berkeley police. Read Full Story

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How white supremacists recruit teen culture warriors in gaming communities

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In the wake of the U.S. Capitol attack, new concerns are rising about livestreaming sites where video gameplay sometimes mixes with messages of hate. Five days after extremists used the fringe video gaming platform DLive to livestream a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, a youthful white nationalist logged onto the site and offered his take about the future of a movement he helped create. Read Full Story

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Congress goes on lockdown as Trump supporters storm the Capitol building

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Trump supporters have gathered en masse in the nation’s capital to protest the counting of the electoral votes that were already certified by the states. In the midst of discussions leading up to the counting of the electoral votes on Wednesday, pro-Trump demonstrators broke through four layers of security fencing and entered the Capitol building in a stunning escalation of aggression. Read Full Story

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Can you fire an employee who was a U.S. Capitol rioter? In a word, yes

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Breaking the law is grounds for dismissal, experts say, but employers should be consistent in how they handle offenders. Law enforcement officials and amateur armchair investigators are rummaging through millions of photos, videos, and social media accounts to identify people who participated in Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people and has angrily entranced a nation ever since. Read Full Story

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Josh Hawley emboldened the Capitol mob. Now his future as Big Tech cop is in jeopardy

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The Senator has a reputation as a new kind of GOP lawmaker who understands the problems of Big Tech. But his recent behavior puts his ability to regulate the likes of Facebook and Google at risk. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley was caught by a photographer as he fist-pumped to a group of Trump rioters outside the Capitol Building Wednesday. The image, which is being shared far and wide on the internet, will commemorate Hawley’s role as a primary enabler of the sacking of the Capitol Wednesday, a deep national wound that won’t soon heal. Read Full Story

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The Capitol insurrection could not have happened without guns

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With help from the gun lobby, pro-gun rhetoric has become an indispensable element of the far-right extremist movement. On the day Congress gathered to formalize the election of the next president, the world watched as aggressive mobs looted and ransacked the U.S. Capitol with only gentle police pushback. Many observers commented that rabbles freely rioting in the halls of Congress showed a blatant double standard in the police response to the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, who were met with 14,000 arrests, military intervention, and the spraying of rubber bullets and PepperBalls. Read Full Story

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