Initially I was sympathetic to the thousands of individuals who took to the streets across the country to protest the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown and the obvious shortcomings of our law enforcement and justice systems. But it’s time they found other, more constructive ways to express themselves.
Do the protesters not see the irony of demonstrating against the police when it’s police who protect them as they march? Do they not see they are building frustration and animus among those whose businesses and daily lives they are disrupting, those whose support and understanding they need? Do they not see how they have and are emboldening those who would resort to violence, people like Ismaaiyl Brinsley who murdered two NYC officers last weekend?
And here in Denver on Dec. 3 police officer John Adsit was struck and dragged by a car while escorting and protecting student protest marchers who had cut class to march. Adsit was critically injured and is still in critical condition after 8 surgeries (10 surgeries as of Dec. 24). I have no sympathy for students who used the protests as an excuse to cut class when they could have waited till after school, nor for those who inspired them to do so.
Yes, Americans have a right to protest and demonstrate. But when doing so becomes counterproductive to their cause or dangerous to others — as these marches have — it’s time to stop.