While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Commanders Defense Coordinator Jacques Del Rio doubled down on a tweet he posted about the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 as he expressed confusion about why it was being investigated and the summer 2020 riots erupted.
“Let’s get to it, what did you ask?” Del Rio said. Simple question: why not look into these things? Because it’s hard for me to say that I can look at it realistically, I see pictures on TV, people’s livelihoods destroyed, businesses burn – no problem.
“And then we have dust in the Capitol, nothing burned and we’re going to make a big deal. I think it’s kind of like two standards,” he continued.
During the summer of 2020, there were nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Floyd, who was black, died of positional suffocation after Officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on his neck during arrest. Chauvin was convicted of second and third degree premeditated murder as well as second degree premeditated murder.
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The Capitol was stormed after former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election because supporters believed President Joe Biden’s victory was illegitimate. Four people were killed during the attack.
The Capitol has suffered $1.5 million in damages and there have been more than 725 arrests, according to the US Department of Justice. More than 225 people have been charged with crimes and 140 police officers in total have been assaulted.