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A Historical Look At Policing And Violent White Mobs

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 20...

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Above: Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.

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University of San Diego History Lecturer David Miller discusses the historical differences in the policing of Black demonstrators and Violent White Mobs.

Aired: January 11, 2021 | Transcript

Last week’s attack at the Capitol raised many questions about how law enforcement responded to the violent mob of predominantly white rioters compared to their response and preparation over the summer during protests for criminal justice reform. Law enforcement's lack of preparedness was outrageous and even painful to see for many who have witnessed police use of force while protesting for equality and justice throughout history.

University of San Diego Lecturer David Miller who teaches race and ethnicity along with the Civil War joined Midday Edition to talk about how this moment in history is a consequence of the past.

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