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Sat Jan 9, 2021, 06:41 PM

Buzzfeed News: These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off "Racist Ass Terrorists"

Emmanuel Felton BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on January 9, 2021, at 4:32 p.m. ET

The first glimpse of the deadly tragedy that was about to unfold came at 9 a.m. on the morning of the insurrection for one Black veteran of the US Capitol Police. But it didn't come from his superiors — instead the officer had to rely on a screenshot from Instagram sent to him by a friend.

"I found out what they were planning when a friend of mine screenshot me an Instagram story from the Proud Boys saying, 'We're breaching the capitol today, guys. I hope y'all ready.'" The officer, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from his superiors, told BuzzFeed News that it was just a sign of the chaos that was to come, which saw officers regularly finding themselves unprepared and then outmanned and overpowered by the mob.

The officer said that while the department's upper management had been telling them to prepare for Wednesday's storming of the Capitol like they would for any other protest, that Instagram post sent a clear message: this wasn’t going to be just some kind of free speech protest, this was going to be a fight.

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“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.’”

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emmanuelfelton/black-capitol-police-racism-mob?ref=bfnsplash

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Reply Buzzfeed News: These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off "Racist Ass Terrorists" (Original post)
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2021 #1
SWBTATTReg Jan 2021 #2
Denzil_DC Jan 2021 #3
underpants Jan 2021 #10
iluvtennis Jan 2021 #27
Kitchari Jan 2021 #4
nolabear Jan 2021 #5
Nevilledog Jan 2021 #6
Cha Jan 2021 #7
OhNo-Really Jan 2021 #18
LeftInTX Jan 2021 #8
demmiblue Jan 2021 #9
Traildogbob Jan 2021 #11
bullwinkle428 Jan 2021 #12
appalachiablue Jan 2021 #15
AllaN01Bear Jan 2021 #13
dalton99a Jan 2021 #14
BobTheSubgenius Jan 2021 #16
OhNo-Really Jan 2021 #17
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 #19
OhNo-Really Jan 2021 #24
dhill926 Jan 2021 #20
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 #21
Evolve Dammit Jan 2021 #22
Amaryllis Jan 2021 #23
Historic NY Jan 2021 #25
mainer Jan 2021 #26
tirebiter Jan 2021 #28

Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 06:46 PM

1. Damn, that's the saddest thing I've read all day.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 06:47 PM

2. So these thugs planned this invasion, with perhaps someone in the WH who was in the know too?

25th Amendment this POS out of the WH or impeach him, now or later.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 06:59 PM

3. Two key paras for me:

While some of the images from that day appeared to show officers standing by to let the mob into the Capitol building, the veteran officer said that they had fought them off for two hours before the attackers eventually gained access. The officer, who has been with the department for more than a decade, said that many of the widely spread images of smiling marauders, many in absurd costumes, wandering around the halls downplayed how well prepared some of the rioters were to overtake the building, and even capture and kill Congress members.

“That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,” he said. “They had radios, we found them, they had two-way communicators and earpieces. They had bear spray. They had flash bangs ...They were prepared. They strategically put two IEDs, pipe bombs in two different locations. These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military,” the veteran said, referring to two suspected pipe bombs that were found outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emmanuelfelton/black-capitol-police-racism-mob

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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:08 PM

10. The cops being in the crowd is what worries me about Inauguration Day

One of several things.

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Response to underpants (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 09:38 PM

27. ++++ agree. nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:00 PM

4. Powerful

His report is true and comes from the heart

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:01 PM

5. What a mess we're in.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:01 PM

6. Kick

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:06 PM

7. Excellent to hear from this

Capitol Policeman.

the deadly terrorists don't care about anyone or anything except overthrowing the Government & installing their Stupid Fascist Swamp Fuck.

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:11 PM

18. Sons of Anarchy etc. deplorable was too nice a term

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:06 PM

8. So a member of congress can bring in as many people as they want

and they don't have to go through security?

Which congress/senate member did this?

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:07 PM

9. K&R

Heartbreaking and infuriating.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:40 PM

11. All these

Assholes should be tracked down like we did Bin Laden. We were a step away from mass murder and bombings. Total terrorist, grinning and walking away like it was just a tailgate party.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:48 PM

12. I felt terrified for that black officer that was doing his best to try and hold off

those assholes coming up the stairs after him. He absolutely did NOT want to resort to any kind of deadly force, no matter the circumstance. I later learned that piece of shit leading that particular charge was from Iowa - I feel nothing but an utter sense of shame and embarrassment for my state.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:58 PM

15. Got to me too, I was very worried and so glad he made it..

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:51 PM

13. ex military should be re activated and charged and sent to levanworth. the cops should be tried,

jailed and banned from serving on any police force ever again. period .

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 07:55 PM

14. A must read.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:08 PM

16. This whole fustercluck is WAY more convoluted than it first appeared.

What a f'ing mess.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:10 PM

17. Wow! That a powerful account. Sad & maddening

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Response to OhNo-Really (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:12 PM

19. Buzzfeed News does some outstanding journalism nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:44 PM

24. Agreed. Nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:14 PM

20. we had better be VERY prepared on Inauguration Day....

any insurrection should be put down early and HARD. Martyr the fuck out of them if necessary, I could care less....

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #20)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:20 PM

21. I strongly feel they should hold it inside the White House

and I absolutely think Joe Biden should NOT ride down on an Amtrak train. The tracks are too vulnerable. I wish someone on DU who had an in with the Biden campaign could tell them that.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:26 PM

22. This man needs to be interviewed in a live hearing in Congress asap

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:26 PM

23. Must-read article. Stunning and highly informative. Capitol police were set up.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 08:55 PM

25. He should have capped them

I am being frank he gave up the high ground...he was then placed in the position of running from them rather than a strategic retreat. I'm surprised he never pulled his weapon, at the point he was defending himself not the building. I don't know what they are training down at FLECO.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 09:11 PM

26. Put this man in charge.

We can’t trust the white officers.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 10:16 PM

28. In one scene I saw a crowd chasing a black cop

up a flight of stairs. He wasn’t letting anyone through voluntarily.

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