Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Calls for calm as hundreds arrested in protests

The Black Lives Matter movement is not responsible for the murders of those five police officers.

But rhetoric on both sides shows how hard that already has become: Just in the past week, a white Detroit police detective was demoted after calling the Black Lives Matter movement "racists" and "terrorists". In many cases, like the death of Alton Sterling, the shooting is caught on film, allowing millions to see the tragedy take place from start to finish.

There are now dozens of Black Lives Matter chapters across the US. Today, the movement has taken center stage as followers demonstrate against the shooting of black Americans at the hands of police.

"I just don't understand what is really happening", said Jordyn Klegraefe. I think that I would say that I, myself and other Black Lives Matter Minneapolis folks, were working to continuously channel people's energy into our nonviolent civil disobedience strategies, one of which is taking arrests.

"He is the great divider and I have said it for a long time". He called the Black Lives Matter movement "leaderless".

It's still heartwarming to see a Black Lives Matter and an All Lives Matter group display some solidarity, rather than more violence.

Trump went on to suggest that some police could use more "training", while African-Americans need to regain their "spirit".

"To be honest, he shows a real lack of understanding about what racism actually is", she said.

After the Dallas shooting during a peaceful protest left three police officers dead, an even larger rift has formed between the Black Lives Matter movement and those who accuse it of being anti-cop. "In fact, despite it not being on the sign, you're fairly certain they also have Mountain Dew and porno mags".

"The values that brought those protesters to the streets in Dallas, the values that brought those protesters to the streets in Washington last night - respect, decency, compassion, humanity - if we lose these fundamental things, what's left?"

"If you want to deal with this on the black side, you've got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you've got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police", he said. White lives matter, Asian lives matter, Hispanic lives matter. "We all matter. Hell!" one of them says.

"If you don't stand up for what you believe in, nothing's going to change", said Sandy, 21.

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