The Capitol Rioters Are Being Rounded Up. But Will They Face Real Charges?

By: Kriston Capps,  Bloomberg CityLab
January 13, 2021

Police and prosecutors have tremendous discretion in how the crimes of the Capitol rioters will be weighed. Critics who have complained that prosecutors have dogged Black Lives Matter protesters with punitive felony charges for acts of civil disobedience dating back to the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 fear that Trump’s supporters will be treated less harshly.

“Black people’s bodies are policed more heavily, always, than everybody else,” says Carole Boyce Davies, professor of English and Africana Studies at Cornell University — and that applies to law enforcement inside and outside the courtroom, she says.

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Professor  Carole Boyce Davies