BEVERLY HILLS — Over a dozen young men and women supporting the Black Lives Matter movement took to the trendy streets of Beverly Hills on Saturday to protest the recent shooting deaths of African-American men by police officers.
The protest appeared to coincide with several other planned Black Lives Matter protests throughout the nation. The recent wave of protests was sparked by two events. One was the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot by a black male police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, and whom police say was armed. The other was the shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man who was shot by a white female police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Demontrators chanted “No justice, no peace” as they marched down South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. It was a more sedate crowd than the demonstrators who looted and set fire to businesses in Charlotte last week.
A young woman held up a sign that read: “Birth Place: Earth, Race: Human, Politics: Freedom, Religion: Love.” A young man held up a black sign that read “Police the Police” in peach-colored stencil. A black and white man followed behind him, with the black man holding up a sign with an arrow pointing to the white man, reading: “Is his life worth less than mine?”
Sennett Devermont, 28, was among those participating in the small protest. The founder of Mr. Checkpoint and Anarchy Street said: “We are rallying for Black Lives Matter.” Asked what group he was with, he replied simply: “Just people who care.”
Breitbart News also reported that during a protest in Houston, Texas, at least one Black Lives Matter protester yelled “F**k blue lives” while others chanted “Pig, pig, bang, bang” in reference to police.
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