Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.
A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.
There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.
While there are certainly cities dealing with violet responses from police, there are many that protesters have welcomed as allies.
You can see the moments in the tweets below:
Amazing scene unfolding in Flint, Twp, Michigan. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson has joined protesters in a peaceful march. Read More: https://t.co/4ioyUnymNv @MichStatePolice @GovWhitmer pic.twitter.com/nMCVuXQ0TZ
— Mid-Michigan NOW (@midmichigannow) May 31, 2020
— Bailey Hurley (@BaileyHurleyVNL) May 30, 2020
Just outside of Flint – police joined protesters rather than meet them with aggression. I’m told when protesters reached the station, they took a knee, the Sheriff came out and said “We’re mad too. What can we do?” The crowd said “Join us.” They did. #protests2020 #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/EfhDbkiCAf
— Femi Redwood (@femiredwood) May 31, 2020
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 31, 2020
Police officers currently at Jamaica Ave in New York taking a knee with protestors. THIS is how you treat protestors, THIS is how police officers should be reacting rn. We love to see it #BLACK_LIVES_MATTERS pic.twitter.com/9SEqLXnfqA
— s☻lly ⁷ (@strawbearysal) May 31, 2020
— ABUCHI (@OnyemaAbuchi) May 31, 2020
While the media push to divide us, let’s push & celebrate unity. Drop pictures & stories of unity below pic.twitter.com/zZNx1BozU9
— Nate Richie (@Nathan_Richie) May 31, 2020
These are the pictures the media won't share as it doesn't fit their agenda!!! pic.twitter.com/UifzlQ3BdP
— TrumpsPatriotArmy (@QsPatriotArmy) May 31, 2020
an officer got separated from others and these group of black people tried to protect him from other protesters, kindly share this picture bc media won't let us see this #BlackLivesMaters pic.twitter.com/AkgPcwBMd1
— gaile (@taeqer95) May 30, 2020
While the police is physically assaulting, tearing gassing, macing, shooting rubber bullets at unarmed peaceful protesters
When this police officer got separated from his squad, and these "Thugs" protected him
Now tell me who the real thugs are?
An image the media won't paint pic.twitter.com/vpwKp3Ewwj
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) May 30, 2020