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National Police Association: Congress should investigate 2020 riots, not January 6 capital breach

The National Police Association lobbying group said the January 6 Capitol incident is politically motivated, urging Congress to investigate the left-wing riots that left several officers injured last year.

Association spokeswoman Betsy Brentner Smith said in an interview that Congress should instead hear testimonials from thousands of officers who were injured during demonstrations, riots, arson and other violence following the death of George Floyd last year. During the first hearing for the House Select Committee on the January 6 violations, four police officers testified and said that individuals entering the Capitol made specific threats against them.

“People need to see that police officers go through terrible things, and January 6th was a terrible thing for some of those officers,” Smith explained. Fox News. “But, quite frankly, I find this whole January 6th commission to be, frankly, a dog and pony show. It doesn’t tell the whole story.”

Later, Smith questioned why the federal government had not provided more information about the shooting death of Ashley Babitt, one of several Trump supporters killed during the incident, or the capitulation police officers clashed with protesters on Jan. Raised questions about the video footage of the conversation. 6.

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“I, like millions of Americans, was watching the testimony wondering, ‘Wait, where are the police officers who appeared to let some of the protesters in? He asked. “Where is the police officer who shot Ashley Babitt? Really, why aren’t we talking about Ashli ​​Babbitt? I mean there’s more here.”

Portland police officers chase demonstrators after a riot was declared in Portland, Ore., on April 12, 2021. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, one of the officers, Daniel Hodges, who works for the Metropolitan Police Department, reportedly said, “You will die on your knees.” Hodges said he was kicked in the chest and hit in the head with a heavy object as he and other officers clashed with a crowd near the Capitol.

But Smith suggested that those officers were less likely to suffer injuries than many of the officers injured during the riots last year.

“We have a Las Vegas police officer still paralyzed by the Black Lives Matter riots,” she told Fox. “We have thousands of police officers across the country retiring due to the post-riot tensions.”

She continued: “The 2020 riots, we can’t say the whole George Floyd thing was bad and that’s what the police have to deal with and then see these four crying people talking about their experiences, thousands and thousands of police Ignoring officers, ignoring their feelings and their experiences and their injuries.”

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A recent analysis by The Epoch Times in late June showed that major metropolitan police departments are struggling with a rise in hiring new recruits and retirements or layoffs amid anti-police rhetoric and activism. And at the same time, violent crimes such as murder, rape and robbery have increased in most major cities.

Last month, the Portland Police Bureau’s riot squad left en masse after one of its officers was charged with assault. The arrests came in the wake of violent demonstrations in Oregon City last year.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Smith said. “I’ve had some cops go back to Iraq instead of continuing to work on the street, simply because there’s an enormous amount of blood and bodies and what they treat people don’t see.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to Office Representative Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), the head of the selection committee, for comment.

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