"US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds.
Law enforcement responses to more than 13,000 protests show a
clear disparity in responses, new statistics show."
"Police in the United States are three times more likely ...[text shortened]... lice seem overwhelmingly right-wing, and that political
bias evidently influences how they operate.
"US Capitol riot: police have long history of aiding neo-Nazis and extremists"
"For years, domestic terrorism researchers have warned that there are police
departments in every region of America counting white supremacist extremists
and neo-Nazi sympathizers among their ranks.
To these experts, and the activists who have been targeted by law enforcement
officers in past years, it came as no surprise that police officers were part of the
mob that stormed the US Capitol on 6 January. In fact, the acceptance of far-right
beliefs among law enforcement, they say, helped lay the groundwork for the
extraordinary attacks in the American capital."
"Extremism experts and survivors of far-right violence have for years cried foul about
the close ties between some police and white supremacist groups. These links
have escalated under the Trump era, they’ve warned, with numerous examples of
police openly protecting far-right organizers, including armed and violent ones."
"The subsequent investigation, led by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), focused on
the anti-fascist counter-protesters injured in the stabbings, with records showing
that police worked with white supremacists to identify leftist activists and pursue
criminal charges against the stabbing victims.
The lead CHP investigator, Donovan Ayres, repeatedly stated in police records
that he viewed the neo-Nazis as victims and the anti-fascists as suspects."
"Because of the way policing works in America, it also attracts people with explicitly racist
views – giving them a professional license to patrol Black neighborhoods and allowing
them to join a system that stops, searches, arrests and prosecutes people of color at disproportionately high rates, experts say."
"Despite the clear evidence of explicit racism within policing, the US has not prioritized
investigating white supremacists in law enforcement. This is particularly true under
Trump, whose administration has focused its efforts to combat domestic terrorism
on targeting Black activists and other leftist groups."