Here we are, a little more than a week after massive protests against police murder and brutality. After the killing of two police officers, the demonstrators now find themselves on the defensive.
Eric Adams and Mayor DeBlasio call for the protests to cease, at least until the officers are buried.
There are at least three reasons the protests should continue. One, what this lone, deranged individual did had nothing to do with the movement for reforming the police. Two, halting gives legitimacy to those who don’t want reforms to the police. It has more to do with control than paying respect. Third, continuing the protests drives home the idea that Black Lives Matter. “Respecting” these anti protest calls actually cements that somehow police lives matter more than those of Black civilians.
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