NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some Black Lives Matter supporters are condemning the slayings of police in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
New York Daily News columnist Shaun King says on Twitter that he hates police brutality but doesn’t hate police. He says: “This violence is wrong on every level.”
Center for Media Justice director Malkia Cyril says her “heart hurts for the dead.”
Cyril and King also defended the Black Lives Matter movement.
She writes that it “advocates dignity, justice and freedom, not the murder of cops.” King says anyone blaming Black Lives Matter “is sick.” He says protesters were peaceful and the shootings “terrorized them too.”
“Anyone blaming this Dallas shooting on the #BlackLivesMatter movement is sick. Those protesters were peaceful. This terrorized them too,” King tweeted.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams has been active with the Black Lives Matter movement, bit also feels that blue lives matter too, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
“I think I saw someone say, if you’re at a prostate cancer rally or breast cancer rally, and you’re saying we need to have a problem with this cancer, and someone starts screaming, well all cancer matters,” Williams said. “Then you miss the point.”
Williams hopes the graphic videos of blacks being killed by police will open peoples’ eyes.
“We still have to convince people that there’s a problem.”
Speaking on “CBS This Morning” Friday, NAACP leader Cornell Williams Brooks made a call for new policies following the Dallas police shootings, including establishing a national standard for excessive use of force and federal laws that address police accountability and community trust.
Brooks says citizens are afraid and capturing more fatal shootings by police on video due to a minority of officers “who defile the profession by their conduct.”
Anger and frustration stemmed from the deaths of 32-year-old Castile, who was shot during a random police stop in Minnesota earlier this week. Diamond Reynolds started recording moments after police officers shot Castile, her boyfriend, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on Wednesday.
Two officers were also placed on administrative leave in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after cell phone video captured the moment 37-year-old Sterling was shot outside of a convenience store.
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