A black woman whose sister was shot and killed by US Capitol police in Washington eight years ago has said the “restraint” shown by the same agency to Donald Trump’s insurrectionist mob, compared with actions in Black Lives Matter protests last summer, is “hurtful”.
Valarie Carey criticised officers for what she said was an inability to deal with black people, and said some police were either racist or dealing with “culture shock”.
“To see the disparity in the treatment of individuals … who have no respect for our nation’s Capitol, vandalizing and actually committing assaults and they get to walk away unharmed and not even arrested, it’s hurtful,” Carey told CNN.
“They were treated with entitlement and it’s ridiculous. We all know had it been a black person or brown person that situation would have been different.”
Carey’s sister Miriam, 34, a dental hygienist from Connecticut, was killed in October 2013 after her car collided with a security barrier and struck an off-duty Secret Service officer at the White House.
She drove off, pursued by several marked police vehicles, and was shot when she attempted to drive away from officers who surrounded her car with guns drawn. Her 18-month-old daughter was found in the back seat, unharmed.
Joe Biden is reportedly getting frustrated with his pandemic advisory team amid concerns that his administration will fall short of its goal to distribute 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.
Biden has expressed criticism on multiple occasions to groups of transition officials — including one confrontation where Biden conveyed to Covid coordinator Jeff Zients and his deputy, Natalie Quillian, that their team was underperforming.
The tensions have surfaced as Biden’s advisers plan a dramatic scale-up of vaccinations starting Jan. 20, when the incoming team inherits a troubled Trump administration vaccine rollout that has fallen well short of its initial targets.
In interviews, multiple senior transition officials defended Zients and stressed the enormity of the challenge, noting that the Trump administration has refused to share key information for weeks.
Still, the U.S. has conducted around 7 million vaccinations over its first three weeks, well below the million-a-day rate Biden will need to hit. While some Biden advisers insist it’s possible to make good on the 100-million vow, others are privately worried that the federal response is already so chaotic that it will take a herculean effort to pull it off.
Biden will receive his second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine later today, after meeting with his transition advisers
House majority leader Steny Hoyer plans to introduce a resolution calling on the vice-president to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump from office.
The resolution argues that Trump is “incapable of executing the duties of his office” after the “massive violent invasion of the United States Capitol”.
“Resolved, That the House of Representatives calls upon Vice President Michael R. Pence … to immediately use his powers under section 4 of the 25th Amendment to convene and mobilize the principal officers of the executive departments in the Cabinet to declare what is obvious to a horrified Nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office,” the resolution says.
Hoyer plans to request unanimous consent on the resolution, but House Republicans will almost certainly object to the measure.