Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd targeted by hypocritical far-right backlash

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Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd targeted by hypocritical far-right backlash
Racist rants expose not only the violent mindset that has been growing over the past few years, but also a hateful hypocrisy.

On Thursday, Lt. Michael Byrd disclosed to NBC News’ Lester Holt that he was the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6. Byrd, who is Black, immediately became the target of racism and death threats from the right-wing extremists who thrive in fact-free social media echo chambers. Those racist rants exposed not only the violent mindset that has been growing over the past few years, but also a hateful hypocrisy.

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