Spurred on by their President, thousands take to the streets to protest:
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Thousands took to the streets of U.S. cities on Friday to denounce the fatal shooting by police of two black men this week, marching the day after a gunman killed five police officers watching over a similar demonstration in Dallas.
Protesters clogged roadways in New York City, Atlanta and Philadelphia, and events in San Francisco and Phoenix also drew large crowds.
Six people were injured and three were arrested in Phoenix. where police in riot gear used pepper spray on protesters, some of whom threw rocks at officers, the Phoenix Police Department said in a statement.
Videos posted online showed protesters also gathering in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where 37-year-old Alton Sterling was fatally shot by police early on Tuesday.
The largest demonstration appeared to be in Atlanta, where thousands marched, chanting and waving signs demanding justice, video posted to social media showed. Footage from broadcasters showed a large crowd facing off with dozens of police vehicles blocking a local interstate highway.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted that the rally was largely peaceful, though about 10 people had been arrested.
Friday was the second day of demonstrations against use of force by police following the fatal shootings of Sterling and of 32-year-old Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minnesota.
The shootings stoked racial tension that has flared repeatedly across the country following the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Agitators participating in a “Black Lives Matter”
peacefulanti-police protest in Phoenix Friday ended it by throwing rocks at officers and threatening to kill them.
Terror, we are told constantly, is the biggest threat to America. It is. The terror of race and class and hatred, of divisiveness and ugly rhetoric and too many guns. The terror of too many whites hating blacks, or browns, too many blacks hating policemen, too many Republicans hating Democrats, and hating this President most of all. Donald Trump talks about “America First.” Okay. But which America?
These are the new 60s in this country, only meaner and far more dangerous. And even less innocent than that time was, even with a different kind of war to hate. We keep killing our own now, and then when there are protests about that, we kill the people trying to keep the protesters safe.
Warsaw, Poland (CNN)Frankly acknowledging a “tough week” in the United States after anxious days of shootings and racial tensions, President Barack Obama said Saturday that he did not believe the United States was “as divided as some have suggested.”
“There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps,” Obama said during a news conference in Poland. “But there’s unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate. This is not who we want to be as Americans.”
Speaking for the third time in Poland about the gun violence that’s seized communities in the United States, Obama said the situation didn’t resemble the periods of mass social unrest in the 1960s.
“You’re not seeing riots, you’re not seeing police going after people who are protesting peacefully,” he said.
You’re not seeing riots? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Obama is absolutely responsible for much of the rioting ongoing in the country right now. No one is waiting for the facts. No one is waiting for justice to take its course. Following the two shootings of black men last week obama immediately reached into his pocket and pulled out the race card.
But what I can say is that all of us as Americans should be troubled by the shootings. These are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.
But regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.
Hang on a second, there, dude. Ben Shapiro:
This is nonsense. First off, there is no systematic pattern of black men being shot for racial reasons by law enforcement. One study at the Washington State University found that “even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.” And according to Professor Peter Moskos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, “If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks… Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police. Adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.”
Even more here.
Obama does this every time – beginning with his “son” Trayvon Martin. He interjects himself into events without the benefit of facts, makes false assertions and poisons the water. The result is the rioting. Obama’s reaction? More gun control and federal police.
What world does he live in?
In the mean time, I have a few thoughts:
- Don’t disobey a lawful police order
- Don’t own a gun illegally
- Don’t resist arrest
I ask you to consider the outcomes of recent events had those suggestions been followed.
And if you’re in possession of a gun and you are pulled over, here’s some good advice:
First, I presume that the officer is going to be on heightened alert since he’s run my plates, knows I have a carry permit, and assumes that I have a gun in my truck.
Second, As he approaches the truck, I make sure that he can see both my hands at all times and that I have my license, carry permit, insurance card, and registration already out and visible in my left hand.
Third, I greet him warmly and respectfully, apologize for my obvious wrongdoing, and immediately tell him if I have a weapon and where it is. (I don’t make any moves to point at it or show him where it is.) Fourth, aside from handing him my identification, I keep both hands on the wheel — right in his line of vision.