Lakers’ LeBron James on rioters at Capitol: ‘If those were my kind, what would’ve been the outcome?’
As he watched the news on television, it did not just bother Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James that Donald Trump supporters rioted inside and outside the Capitol building. James was also upset by how law enforcement responded much differently to those rioters compared to the last summer's Black Lives Matter protests.
"I couldn’t help but to wonder if those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would’ve been the outcome? I think we all know," James said following the Lakers’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. "It’s no ifs, ands or buts. We already know what would’ve happened to my kind if anyone had gotten close to the Capitol, let alone storm inside the offices and inside the hallways."
There were four deaths and 52 arrests as thousands of Trump supporters took part in the riots. But that paled in comparison to the 14,000 arrests police made this past summer during mostly peaceful protests against racial injustice. Then, police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to deal with peaceful protestors and occasional vandals and looters. On Wednesday, police mostly dealt with Trump supporters that invaded the Capitol with little force.
In a video on Twitter, President Trump acknowledged his President-elect Biden's election victory and called for a "smooth" transition of power.
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