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More than 2,000 police officers were assaulted or injured—and at least one was killed—during the riots that followed the death of George Floyd in 2020. More than 16,000 persons were arrested. And the riots caused upward of $2 billion in damage. 

During the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 140 police officers were assaulted or injured, upward of 600 persons were arrested, and the damage caused was estimated as high as $1.5 million. 

These are among the many comparisons that can be found in a database recently published by RealClearInvestigations (RCI): A Resource on Violent Political Unrest

Through this database, RCI has sought to bring much-needed balance to the public discourse about the problem of political violence in the United States. While many in Washington and the media have focused on January 6, polling indicates that a large majority of Americans support investigating the 2020 riots as well. We invite readers to visit the database, read the facts, and draw their own conclusions. 

This database is one of many projects made possible by donations to the RealClearFoundation (RCF), a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with RealClearPolitics (RCP). 

You likely visit RCP because of how it captures the state of political fray and helps you stay informed. By supporting RCF’s fall campaign, you can make RealClear an even greater force for good in the media landscape. 

How else does RCF enrich the RealClear news experience? Here are some examples:

• RCF enables the research of Kalev Leetaru, a scholar-in-residence focused on analyzing trends in the media and the role of social media platforms and fact-checking organizations. Check out his recent article analyzing leaked materials from Facebook that raise concerns about the independence of fact-checking organizations—which have gained immense influence as arbiters of “truth” in the digital world. 
• RealClearEducation is the primary media partner for a survey of 37,000 college students at more than 150 campuses, ranking schools on their climates for free speech and open discourse. 
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• With proposed reforms to the electoral system being debated at the federal, state, and local levels of government, RCF has sought to inform public discourse through aggregating material on the theme of trustworthy elections and commissioning original articles, including by scholars who have challenged some of the more extreme rhetoric on voting reform and have put forth ideas on how to restore public confidence in elections.
•Through its original reporting, RealClearInvestigations is filling in gaps in coverage left by legacy outlets. Of late, many of our investigations have focused on how the national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory have influenced areas of public life, from health care to social science research to seminary education, among others. 

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