Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Dangerous Days After Dallas

Needless to say, with five dead officers in Dallas, police across the nation aren't exactly in a tolerant mood of Black Lives Matter protests anymore, and a peaceful protest in Phoenix, Arizona last night turned brutal as cops in riot gear unloaded pepper spray and beanbags to end the demonstration nearly as quickly as it started. 

The protest following the police officer-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile had been scheduled earlier in the week, with city authorities asking organizers to hold off after the tragic shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas the previous evening.

Undeterred, marchers showed up late Friday night and attempted to shut down the I-10 freeway when they were met by a phalanx of police in riot gear who blocked them and demanded that they disperse.

As the crowd chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” police unleashed wave after wave of pepper spray as the protestors fled, with police following some and making arrests.

According to police, three men were taken into custody for throwing rocks at officers, while six people were treated for injuries from the pepper spray or from falling as they ran.

The message is clear: we're all living in Ferguson, Missouri now.  Protest of police will no longer be tolerated in America.

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