Kentucky: Protesters appear at Covington Police HeadquartersPosted by J Craig on December 13, 2014
COVINGTON, Ky. – Dozens of protesters showed up at the Covington Police Headquarters on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate “die-ins” and to bring attention to the ‘so-called’ police brutality.
With the recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo. and New York, Northern Kentucky has seen its own jury decision put some residents in an uproar. A grand jury did not bring criminal charges against Boone County Deputy Tyler Brockman, who killed 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey last April.
Ramsey was intoxicated, on marijuana and ran over the deputy’s foot before he fatally shot her.
Saturday’s protest in Covington shows the growing divide in this country over not only race relations, but also views on law enforcement.
The River City News reports:
Organizer Nicole Comer told those gathered that while there have been well-publicized police-involved deaths elsewhere, “Northern Kentucky has also suffered a tragic loss as well.”
“I have seen and heard a lot of hateful comments as to why we are protesting. Protesting is needed because it is not allowing these actions by these police officers who feel they can kill because they have a badge… Unfortunately, history shows that police treat blacks unfairly and we want an immediate end to police brutality.”
“It’s not about black and white,” Comer said. “It’s about right and wrong.”
Rev. Al Sharpton called for a national march to take place all across the country on Saturday to protest the lack of indictments against police officers involved in the recent deaths such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Covington’s protesters organized via their Facebook event in attempt to gather more people to join their cause.
Protesters seem to have been peaceful, but does lying down holding signs such as “Black lives matter” and “We can’t breathe” really tell the complete story about each of these cases? It now seems that when any time a police officer does anything to defend themselves or protect the lives of others, they are automatically vilified or found guilty in the court of public opinion.
All lives certainly should matter regardless of race, but so should the law.
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