Posted by Ada Coddington

Instead of moralizing about 1/6, those in power should work to remedy the conditions that caused the riot.

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Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days ago I spent the better part of my afternoon staked out on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. I was there mostly by accident. It had been a slow day at TAC H.Q. and my editor suggested that I could go down to the protest if I wanted, to see if there was anything worth covering. I figured I might enjoy the chance to stretch my legs.

Around the time I started getting bored the cops started beating hard on the protestors up front, and then all hell broke loose. A few hours of chaos ensued, until some unknown impetus drove most of the crowd back westward up Pennsylvania; I learned as we walked that a woman had been shot.


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