White privilege is still alive and well in America today.
A black army officer in Virginia, Caron Nazario was recently pulled over in Virginia by two white policeman. Wisely, he did not pull over until he was in a well lit area. Even then, he refused to get out of his vehicle because he remembered what had happened to his uncle, Eric Garner. He put his hands up inside the vehicle, but he was still pepper sprayed by the officers. He is now suing the officers involved for $1 million.
Nazario's traffic stop happened a few days after another unarmed black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota was shot during traffic stop by a white police officer. Brooklyn Center is only 10 miles from the site where Derek Chavin is on trial for murdering an unarmed black man.
U.S. Capitol Police officers were told by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to stop the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 despite advance warnings about potential violence targeting Congress, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing an inspector general’s report.
In the report, Michael Bolton, inspector general of the Capitol Police, criticized the way the agency prepared for and responded to the violence by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the Times.
Bolton found that the agency’s leaders “ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tolls - like stun grenades - to put down the onslaught,” the Times said.
After George Floyd's death, protests erupted across the country. In Washington, D.C, peaceful demonstrators were forced from a park near the White House.
Federal police officers who cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas in June violated court-ordered regulations that spell out how demonstrators are to be warned before aggressive tactics are used against them, attorneys who helped write the agreed-upon rules say.
In particular, the 2015 guidelines require warning large crowds multiple times they need to disperse, and doing so loudly enough that the orders can be heard for blocks. But a National Guard official who was there that night, and who has become a whistleblower in the case, has told Congress that U.S. Park Police used a simple megaphone that few could hear.
Protesters in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 1 said police advanced through the crowd with little warning, firing tear gas and smoke canisters shortly before President Trump appeared outside for a photograph in front of St. John's Episcopal Church.