So now some capitol insurrectionists are saying the police invited them into the capitol. Theres some truth to that I’m sure based on some videos I’ve seen online of police taking down barricades and waving them in. However I don’t know if they did this so the crowd would be more concentrated and easier to control, or because they agreed with letting the crowd violently intimidate politicians to overthrow a democratic election.
The police in the US have encouraged a lot of terrorism against black people historically, civil rights activists and other reformers and there is a strong record of that. I seriously doubt you could go to the FBI in 1955 and say ‘the local sheriff let me beat up that black person’ as a legal defense.
But are there situations where a police officer letting you break a law is a valid defense? Like with the police taking down barriers at the capitol, does it vary based on intent? How would the insurrections know the intent?
Meaning if the cops removed the barriers as a way to make the crowd more concentrated and (in the polices mind easier to control) does that change things vs if the police letting them come in because the police wanted them to engage in terrorism? And what about people who arrived after the police took down barricades who didn’t know the barricades had been taken down, maybe they just saw an open walkway that a few thousand people had already used.
If police take down barricades and wave you in because they want to make the crowd easier to control, is that still trespassing? What if the police do it because they want to make it easier for the insurrectionists to commit violent terrorism and other crimes? How are the insurrectionists supposed to know the polices motives? Also what happens to people who show up 10 minutes after police take down the barricades, how can that be trespassing?