When videos started to surface of White Capitol police officers assisting the MAGA rioters during the January 6 insurrection, people were shocked.
“Aren’t they supposed to be on our side?” people asked. This lackadaisical approach to policing while guarding the Capitol (and the selfie-taking of officers with MAGA supporters) exposed to the world a nasty secret that African-American cops have been witnessing first hand for years. Scratch that. What police officers have been sounding the alarm about for years, but like most cries about the bigoted nature of law enforcement as a whole, these cries have been largely ignored.
On January 6th, the siege of the U.S. Capitol building changed that for the nation.
The lack of security on that historic day and the department-wide slow down documented on social media by the “patriots,” shined the spotlight on racism within the force. Similar to the George Floyd murder, people needed proof that extreme white supremacy (and blue race-based bias) existed.