Black Protesters Link Arms To Protect Police Officer Separated From His Squad
Last Thursday, a group of black protest organizers in Louisville formed a human chain to protect an officer who had been separated from his squad.
"The protest organizers surrounded the officer and joined arms to make sure that the crowd did not touch him," reads the caption on the series of powerful photos captured in Louisville by photojournalist Michael Clevenger and published by the Courier-Journal.
These are the THUGS trump keeps talking about.— Chicano Marine ???????????????????? (@kingsrush) May 31, 2020
This officer got separated from his squad and black men formed a human chain in front of him to protect him. pic.twitter.com/NSuhw0UsFJ
With the vast majority of media coverage focused on riots, the national focus has shifted from demanding justice for black men and women wrongfully killed by police to condemning acts of violence and looting.
But the rioting does not reflect all or even the majority of protests and protesters, and has overshadowed powerful moments of humanity, compassion, and solidarity throughout the nation.
In another part of Louisville, white women formed their own human chain, using their bodies to protect black protestors.
A line of almost all white women formed between police officers and black protesters at Thursday night's rally in downtown Louisville calling for justice in the death of Breonna Taylor.— ???? Black Professor ???? (@WonderKing82) May 30, 2020
I always say weaponize your privilege to defeat racism, this is a start. pic.twitter.com/k4BO3UVzeI
A photo and video out of Camden, New Jersey show police officers joining the march, while the city's police chief himself holds the lead banner, which reads, "Solidarity."
In Camden, NJ, protestors took to the streets to peacefully protest racial injustice.— Lisa Haines ????????????????????️????✊???????????? (@lisahaineslaw) May 31, 2020
When police saw them marching, they made a decision, with the chief leading w the banner. #RespectMatters
They decided to join them. This is how it should be done. LISTEN TO THE PROTESTERS. https://t.co/Ony1h1zctH
Yesterday's protest in Camden was beautiful. Not only did the police join in the march, the cop holding the banner at the front is the Police Chief. Later on the PD hosted a block party for its residents as well, providing food, drink, and a shoulder to lean on. https://t.co/yPj3twApaQ— Mand0lyn (@CapnOA) May 31, 2020
In the majority-black city of Newark, the mayor marched with protesters and demonstrations were "100% peaceful."
The world needs to know about what happened in Newark today. A Black city, with a Black mayor (who marched with us), and many Black owned businesses. 100% peaceful demonstrations. Anger was allowed to be expressed in a healthy way and wasn’t met with force. pic.twitter.com/eyRrO0OIzN— Brian Scully (@brian_m_scully) May 31, 2020
Again, the vast majority of protesters were not looting or setting fire to Target, they were marching, chanting, even dancing for justice, or holding moments of silence to honor George Floyd, and the many other black and brown men and women who have been killed.
Keep protesting, keep raising your voices, and never forget that the true enemy is injustice. Our strength lies in our unity.