Officers Join Protesters In The March Against Police Brutality and Racism

Officers from Florida, Michigan, California, Missouri, Nebraska and New Jersey show solidarity for the anti-racism movement and join protesters in the stand against police brutality. AfterBuzz TV host and writer James Maple experiences this first hand. 

Chelsie Overocker

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 6th, 2020 10:31 pm pst

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These past few weeks have been devastating. Seeing a country that we live in torn apart, and still have inequality based on someone’s skin color. 

It’s easy to feel discouraged from what we’ve seen in the media, and everyday it seems harder to put our lives in the hands of the people who have taken an oath to protect us. 

However, I’ve also seen my social media feed covered with people from different races supporting Black Lives Matter, and friends who I’ve grown up with reaching out wanting to learn. 

I’m also hearing stories of how other black communities have experienced inequality and spreading the most valuable lesson – the world that you live in isn’t the same as the world others have. 

Once that becomes clear to the majority, our next step is change. This reminded me of a speech that Michelle Obama gave. 

“Changing the big picture takes time.. and the best things to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives if we’re doing all that. That becomes the collage of real change”

It’s heartbreaking to see tear gas and rubber bullets used against protesters as they are fighting for change. They are fighting for justice. They are fighting for equality. Through this though, we are seeing some cities embrace the message and start setting the example for what we need to do if we want change to happen. 

In Coral Gables, Florida, officers are kneeling during a rally, showing their stance on police brutality and showing solidarity with the anti-racism movement. 

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In Flint, Michigan, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson expressed that he wanted this to be “a parade, not a protest” as he joined the crowd and started to march. 

“We want to be with y’all, for real. I took my helmet off, laid the batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest.” 

In Santa Cruz, California, Police Chief Andy Mills took a knee with protesters and posed in the same position that Colin Kaepernick did. The department tweeted, in the memory of Geroge Floyd & bringing attention to police violence against Black people.” 

In Kansas City, Missouri, two police officers (one white man and one black man) were holding up a sign that read, “END Police Brutality.” 

“We are the one race….the HUMAN RACE” 

Was another sign that an officer was holding while clasping hands with protesters in Fargo, North Dakota. 

Officers in Ferguson, Missouri, kneeled for nine and a half minutes in the memory of Floyd.   

In Lincoln, Nebraska, LPD and community leaders drafted an agreement to “Hold Cops Accountable.” Once it was signed everyone started dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle.” 

In New Jersey, officers in Camden joined the march as well and held a banner that read “ Standing in Solidarity.” They also joined the crowd and chanted, “No justice, no peace.” 

To be part of a big crowd where everyone is chanting and  standing united can be one of the most powerful experiences. One of our own Afterbuzz TV hosts and writers, James Maple, got to experience this first hand. He marched with other protesters in the streets of LA as they were chanting, “Who’s Side? Our Side!” 

While he was chanting the National Guards stood on the sidelines, smiling, and gave him first pumps as he marched by. 

It’s great to hear other cities making a difference, but it’s an even greater feeling to know one of your co-workers is an example. Thank you James.

If you’re a white person who has black friends, black family members, works with a black person, idolized a black athlete, admired a black public figure, or just lives and breathes in this country, well then this is your problem too. 

The past few months, the message of “we’re all in this together” was a constant theme for the Covid-19 virus, but racism is also a virus which has been around forever. So the message “we’re all in this together,” still needs to ring true, and continue on. 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”- Martin Luther King Jr. 

About The Author:

Chelsie Overocker is a host for AfterBuzz TV. She grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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