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Johnstown NAACP Riot Reaction

The Capitol Building riots have been raising questions on social media: would the treatment of those protesters have been different if they were protesting for Black Lives Matter?

Joe Biden sent out this tweet Thursday, reading:

“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true and it’s unacceptable.”

Alan Cashaw, the President of the NAACP Johnstown Chapter, says he’s seen a double standard in Johnstown for the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.

“When they said they were going to march in Johnstown downtown, and have a rally in the park on June 6th, they boarded up stores up in Richland,” Cashaw said.

According to the Johnstown Police Department, that rally turned out to be peaceful with no damage or destruction reported.

Cashaw says those precautions taken in Johnstown last year for the rally were needed in Washington D.C. this week.

“The violence perpetrated on that building, the vandals that busted windows, broke up furniture, and injured security people were the epitome of why they should’ve had their riot gear on, their shields up, and kept them in the street as they do for every march I see in D.C.,” Cashaw said.

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