There is a gigantic mural painted in front of Donald Trump’s primary New York residAll Postsence and office Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, according to The Forbes Magazine. It looks just like the one that the group Black Lives Matter painted on the newly-named street Black Lives Matter Plaza that deadends at the White House in DC. The New York group of painters thoughtfully painted their mural so that when the president is in residence, he can read it right from his windows. Four groups of protesters cross-clashed as tempers flared.
Unfortunately, pro-Trump MAGA people got into it with anti-Trump protesters right at that mural on Saturday. It had been just days since the Black Lives Matter group painted the mural, but that was not the only brawl.
About 400 people supporting the New York Police Department (NYPD) were protesting what they felt was defunding and disrespecting local forces. A multi-racial small group of Black Lives Matter counter-demonstrators met up with the mostly white protesters.
The New York Post called the New York fracas a “Blue Live Brawl.” Anti-cop protesters met up with a Blue Lives Matter rally and altercations ensued with shouting, pushing, shoving, and finger-pointing. The two groups were furious.
The pro-NYPD protesters escalated the situation against the anti-cop protesters who were carrying Black Lives Matter signs.
Lou Gentile, an Army vet came from Staten Island in a three-bus caravan to protest. He said:
‘I had to be here to defend my police – defend them and to show that I’m in total support of them. They risk their lives every day for us. When they put that gun on and that uniform, they risk their lives. When you call them, who’s going to come? A social worker? I don’t think so. Who’s going to come? Him, him and him.to protect your life.’
A man behind the NYPD officers yelled at the Black Live Matter group:
‘The Blue Lives Matter march – there is no such thing as a blue life, it’s a blue shirt. They seem to think that Black Lives Matter is a personal attack on them, on their white lives and the police, but what we want is equality. We want fair treatment under the law and the police has shown that they can not do that.’
Pro-cop protestor and teacher Natalia Vroublebski defended her local police. She said that the anti-cop rallies were not fair:
‘It’s not fair to them. We need them, we are seeing the crime goes up and it’s not good and we need them. They should not have cut their budget. I don’t agree with that.’
One pro-cop protester and union plumber only gave his first name, Anthony, as he waved a Trump/Pence 2020 flag. He said:
‘Trump, our president, is for law and order to keep all of us safe — me, you, everybody needs to be, be kept safe by the NYPD or any police. You can’t say all cops are bad because they are not. The ones that are bad they should be removed.
He added “it’s really hard to keep us safe:”
You are taking away our cops from the streets and these undercover cops that do their job – and it’s really hard to keep us safe – they are the ones who are in the most jeopardy and it you take them away, it’s going to take away from us at the end of the day. ‘Everybody deserves the right to freedom my speak. They have their right to protest as well.’
Then, the plumber ended with:
‘Everybody [Black Lives Matter supporters] deserves the right to freedom my speak. They have their right to protest as well.’
Thousands of protesters joined in a pro-cop march in Queens, along the boardwalk in Rockaway Beach. Many of them held American flags and flags reading “God Bless the NYPD.” To prevent a Black Lives Matter group confrontation, the two groups were separated.
Pro-cop protesters said that the police needed the support of the community at this time above all the rest. Local Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and former police officer Marty Golden, and the family of the police officer who was killed Russel Timoshenko, 23, in 2007.
Right before noon, dozens of anti-cop protesters appeared at the corner of 13th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. The pro-police group was made up of predominately white people. First, the shouts began, then at least one fight started, which was begun by the pro-cop group.
Pro-cop protesters yelled:
‘You are f—ing Communists. Go to Venezuela.’
An elderly pro-cop protester tried to start a fight, but there were no arrests in that situation. The anti-cop protesters were barred from joining the rally as it marched up 13th Avenue. No arrests were reported.
Not all of the action was in New York. Protesters against the LA (Los Angeles) Sheriff’s Department gathered on Saturday. At the same time, about 100 pro-LA Police Department (LAPD) protesters rallied in support of the police in downtown LA.
Back in Burlington, North Carolina, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters met up with the people who supported Confederate statues.
Twitter world had a few things to say about the cross-clashes. Check out the responses below:
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