Black Mayors Condemn Violent Protests at Capitol

Published on January 06, 2021

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, a mob of anarchists stormed the Capitol in a futile attempt to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. 

Mayor McKinley Price, DDS (Newport News, VA), president of the African American Mayors Association, issued the following statement in response:

“We are devastated by the violence at the U.S. Capitol complex. Anarchists stormed the area -- breaking through barricades, assaulting police officers, and infiltrating the Capitol building. This was a direct attempt to prevent the peaceful transition of power during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win over Trump.”

“We, as Black mayors from across the country, strongly condemn this violence and lawlessness. We condemn President Trump for inciting this violence, and consistently lying to the American people about the results of the 2020 election. This election was won fairly by President-elect Joe Biden. Regardless of political affiliation, we must all unequivocally condemn this lawlessness. The fate of our democracy depends on it.”

“Our gratitude goes to Capitol police and all law enforcement officers working to restore peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Members of Congress and their staff, many of whom are still in lockdown. We applaud the efforts of Mayor Bowser including establishing a city-wide curfew to quell the violence.”

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