INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – With all eyes on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, many saw the treatment of some of the protesters.
People across the country asked: If the crowd had been mostly black, would there have been a greater law enforcement response?
Protests are something we have grown used to in Indianapolis and across the country. Many of them revolve around racial injustices and injustices.
Members of the local community say what the people of the Capitol have seen is evidence of the unfair treatment black and brown people have spoken about for generations. The protesters gathered in the home of the American government. They stormed the Capitol by the dozen. Even when the legislature crouched down for security reasons and to the police, many wandered around freely.
“It’s a lot different from the scenes you saw this summer when we protested a Black Lives Matter about how law enforcement treated those of the black community,” said Rev. Charles Harrison of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition.
At major events, Harrison said it was easy to find similarities, but the differences were remarkable for some, especially when it came to police operations or inaction.
“We are shocked and stunned by what we saw yesterday, but when you started watching people being treated, you couldn’t help but make comparisons,” Harrison said.
In Indianapolis, some of the peaceful protests that led to racial injustice were met with a massive police presence. It was a different situation when the city saw protests against the mask mandate in the statehouse and protests outside the governor’s house for the order to stay at home.
“It makes me angry. During the protest that summer, when we got up to protest peacefully, we had law enforcement in our sights,” said James Wilson of Circle Up Indy. “And they started doing paintballs and mace and everything shoot us and we didn’t even break anything. Yes, you have a law enforcement agency that opens the doors to different cultures. “
Wilson participated in some protests that summer, watching the group never reach the statehouse steps because they had been hit long before by armed law enforcement.
“What they did was lay hands on what still exists in our country, this cultural and racial separation, this separation,” he said.