CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s disparity about whether or not the protests should be spoken of in relation to the senseless murder of the two NYC officers.
Officers Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were shot on Saturday while sitting in their squad car. The shooter, Ishmaaiyl Brinsley took his own life shortly after.
Brinsley had referenced the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown on social media before carrying out the attack. Two men that sparked protests across the nation after the officers involved in their deaths were not indicted by a grand jury.
Some police are asking citizens who have been protesting to stand down for now, but some community leaders are saying that it shouldn’t be used as a tactic to dissuade from protesters cause.
According to Rev. Talbert Swan, a Springfield Community Leader, “Whether we support the police or whether we protest against police action, we can do both at the same time matter of fact. I think that we do support the police by protesting the actions of police officers who behave badly and who abuse their authority.”
Rev. Swan went on to say his sympathies go out to the families of those officers. New York’s Mayor Bill Diblasio has asked for a cease to protests until after their funerals.