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Racism Long a Plague Within Capitol Police Force 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: The U.S. Capitol is seen past police barricades lining Freedom Plaza on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential Inauguration.  (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Several Capitol police officers have been suspended, and at least a dozen are under investigation for possible complicity in the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol last week. The actions of the officers — including one who posed for a selfie with insurrectionists and another who appeared to direct the mob around the building — have exposed anew the force’s troubled history of discrimination against Black officers, who’ve lodged hundreds civil rights lawsuits against the force in the last two decades. We’ll talk about the role of racism in igniting, and sustaining, the insurrection. And we’ll also get an update on how state and federal authorities are responding to threats of extremist violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.


Missy Ryan, national security reporter, Washington Post

Joaquin Sapien, reporter, ProPublica

john a. powell, director, UC Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute; professor of law, African American and ethnic studies, UC Berkeley<br />


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