Why Police Aggression Is Far More Pronounced Against Left-Leaning Protesters

By Maggie Koerth and Galen Druke

Published Jan. 8, 2021

Maggie Koerth is a senior science writer for FiveThirtyEight.   @maggiekb1

While watching footage of the pro-Trump mob storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, many Americans noticed far less confrontation with the police than they saw during the Black Lives Matter protests this summer. Here, senior science writer Maggie Koerth explores what the data shows about how right- and left-wing movements are policed.


Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.  @galendruke

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