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Law enforcement, activists to meet with Obama at White House

15 July 2016

These are tough times we're living in. "We've all benefited from that". A solidarity protest and march held at Kelly Ingram Park saw hundreds of people listen to speakers, chant and march to Birmingham Police Headquarters. Black protesters then kept at it, throwing fireworks and concrete at cops in other major cities.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who is black, begged for a change in the media narrative that is "not sustainable" around police officers who "risk their lives for $40,000 a year" and are now seen as pariahs in a growing segment of our society. Since then, the group has protested following the deaths of Sandra Bland in Texas; Freddie Gray in Maryland; Eric Garner in NY, and several others. Maybe we are more concerned with the dead black man's criminal record than his innocence.

Barbara Reynolds, a 1960s civil rights activist, wrote previous year in a Washington Post article: "Without a clear strategy and well-defined goals, BLM could soon crash and burn out". This is what has to change.

Monday, Donald Trump declared himself "the law and order candidate", and added: "America's police. are what separates civilization from total chaos and destruction of our country as we know it". Unfortunately, we are forced to cope with the fact that, in 2016, we live in a nation where the color of one's skin determines privilege.

Winfrey became the target of tweets from young activists, who denounced her as elitist and "out of touch". The federal Justice Department is investigating civil rights violations.

In 1995 former President George H.W. Bush resigned his NRA membership in disgust after Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre wrote about "jack-booted government thugs" who aim to "take away our Constitutional rights, break in our doors, seize our guns, destroy our property and even injure or kill us". We didn't burn down any businesses. We may see more such incidents.

The organisation, which began in 2013, regularly organises protests around the deaths of black people by police officers.

Americans of all races were horrified by what happened in Dallas.

Black Lives Matter supporter and their counter-protesters joined in prayer and spent more than an hour finding common ground amongst themselves.

King insisted on nonviolence in the face of brutality. "They need to maybe take some classes that'll help them be more tolerant".

"Me too", her doctor said, and then, Wallace says, he wept. "I didn't understand the power of nonviolence, so I didn't adhere to his philosophy and turned the other cheek".

Anderson said there are a few things the Department does to establish trust between the police and minority citizens, who may have a negative view of law enforcement because of past interactions.

Webb said the movement gives him hope.

The vast majority of BLM protests have been peaceful.

"I think police officers need more training when it comes to that", says Houston mom Claudia Fernandez.

The rally comes after the shooting death of two United States men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police last week.

Critics immediately condemned BLM.

- @PeterRo42387421: Next time a group wants to oganize a police shoot, do like Dallas tonight, but have extra men/women to flank the Pigs!

Others find value in the movement. This puts them into more tense and regular contact with police; it is understandable why occasionally there are problematic shootings. That may be true, but when you look at the percentage of black people to white people getting killed or any other race getting killed, we have the highest percentage.

Following Sterling's death, police officer Nakia Jones of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, posted an emotional video to Facebook that went viral.

"#BlackLivesMatter advocates dignity, justice, and freedom".

More than 70 people were arrested on the night of July 8.

"I think if we just start taking the labels off of the beginning of everything we're trying to protect", says white bodybuilder Ryan Horton, "Like if you're trying to protect gay rights or white rights or black rights, if you just start taking off that first label and start working on the country's rights as a whole, we can start looking at things in a much bigger perspective".