As people watched President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol building in Washington, DC, they noticed a difference in how the police, media, and the whole USA, in general, reacted to it when compared to the Black Lives Matter protests last year.
So they turned to social media to point out that the demonstrations back then—which broke out across the country in response to police killings of unarmed Black people, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor—were often met with a brutal response from law enforcement, including the use of tear gas and physical violence.
It's worth noting that the BLM protests weren't calm and friendly, too. "The protests that took place in 140 U.S. cities this spring were mostly peaceful, but the arson, vandalism, and looting that did occur will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims — eclipsing the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of the police officers who brutalized Rodney King," Axios writes.
They got these numbers from a company called Property Claim Services (PCS) that has tracked insurance claims related to civil disorder since 1950. It classifies anything over $25 million in insured losses as a "catastrophe," and reports that the 2020 unrest (from May 26 to June 8) will cost the insurance industry far more than any prior one.
Plus, the protests related to George Floyd's death are also different because they are so widespread.
An informal article by Forbes shows that there were at least 19 reported deaths during this period as well.
President-elect Joe Biden described Wednesday's events as "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation" and blamed President Trump for stoking violence. He added it was "totally unacceptable" police had shown more leniency than in Black Lives Matter protests last year.
Washington DC's top prosecutor has not ruled out the possibility that President Trump himself could be investigated over the Capitol riot.
The acting attorney general for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, said "all actors" will be looked at.
When asked if this included Trump, Sherwin responded: "We're looking at all actors here and anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they’re going to be charged."
The president had urged his supporters at a rally outside the White House to march on Congress while pushing unfounded claims of electoral fraud, however, when events began to spiral out of control, he asked them to "remain peaceful".
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, called the breach of the U.S. Capitol by Pro-Trump protesters "a coup attempt."