Police officers in northern Kentucky loaned their bullhorn to demonstrators during a “die-in” protest of police brutality.
Several dozen protesters gathered outside the Covington Police Department several weeks ago, reported The River City News, as they joined in protests across the nation after police officers were not charged in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The protesters also demanded justice for 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey, a Covington woman shot to death by a Boone County sheriff’s deputy last year as she tried to leave a field party.
A grand jury decided in November not to charge that deputy, Tyler Brockman.
The assistant city manager reported at the end of Tuesday’s city commission meeting that officers had lent a bullhorn to protesters during the demonstration, so they could be heard over traffic.
“I thought it was a very good thing,” said Frank Warnock, assistant city manager.
Mayor Sherry Carran agreed, saying officers had stayed in constant contact with protest organizers to ensure they got what they needed to keep the event peaceful.
“I think we impressed upon a group of people how we do our policing,” said Spike Jones, Covington police chief.
Jones said he disagreed with the way protesters characterized police, but he said he and other officers had sworn an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution – which he said included the demonstrators’ right to free speech.
“It’s the first (amendment) because some people felt it was the most important,” Jones said. “These folks were exercising that right peacefully.”
Watch video from the protest posted online by takethegate: