Police marching with protesters: how some cities got it right and others didn´t

U.S. 2020/6/3

Police marching with protesters: how some cities got it right and others didn´t

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When Larry Hamm, a veteran activist with People’s Organization for Progress, kicked off last weekend’s protest in Newark, New Jersey, he asked the crowd what they wanted. The majority – though not all – said they wanted a peaceful protest.

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And so it was. Hamm, alongside Mayor Ras Baraka, and a few thousand people from the city and neighboring suburbs, marched through Newark. There were tense moments, and people throwing things at a police precinct, but – unlike many other protests across the US last weekend – there was no violence and no arrests.

“It’s not one thing that made [Saturday] turn out the way it did,” Hamm said. “It’s the history, it’s all the things that happened, here, the people, all of this work.”

As images of police ramming their cars into protesters and beating people with clubs were shared thousands of times this weekend, a few videos of law enforcement marching or kneeling with protesters also appeared.

These videos – some from majority black cities like Newark, New Jersey, and Flint, Michigan – were shared with messag

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