Post by michaelw on Jan 7, 2021 23:14:32 GMT -5
I think it was much deeper than a simple lack of preparation.
Another issue seems to be that the police who were present--or a chunk of them--were/are on the same side as the Trump crowd, and they allowed those personal sympathies to influence how they approached their job.
Three pieces of evidence for that...
1. the barricades outside the capitol being removed so that the crowd could enter the building. (To be fair, as Snopes pointed out--linked below--it might not be totally clear who actually removed the barricades, although OTOH, they sort of undercut the importance of that point by noting that the police seem to just sort of give up on stopping people from going in after the barricades were removed)
2. The officer who posed for a selfie w/ one of the Trump supporters who made it into the capitol (Snopes rated that one as true... www.snopes.com/fact-check/capitol-police-selfie/)
3. the officers who shook hands with the Trump supporters (covered in the previous link)
I bring all this up because I bet a lot of people out there would prefer to analyze this as a problem of officers being under-prepared, in which case someone might reasonably think it's also an issue of the police being under-funded, under-equipped, under-manned, or under-whatever, etc.
Whereas I would argue that this whole episode demonstrates--yet again--how police departments are often havens for various types of extremists, and have been for a long time. And that's not something that can necessarily be overcome by preparation alone. And of course, unfortunately, it's not in any way, shape or form an easy problem to begin fixing, which is possibly why a lot of people prefer to just ignore it in favor of more superficial solutions (like better preparation or more man-power, or whatever).