Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland are just a few of the African Americans whose deaths at the hands of police last year sparked a nationwide protest movement. The unrest and anger over police brutality and racial profiling has recently spilled over into threats and violent attacks by individuals against police on the beat -- including the shooting deaths of two Brooklyn officers three weeks ago. Once on the defensive, now police across the country are aggressively speaking out, in pro-police rallies, a drastic slowdown in New York in arrests, and a social media campaign, Blue Lives Matter, in support of law enforcement. What will this new phase in the national debate over race and policing bring?
Backlash in Blue
Matt Pearce - Los Angeles Times - @mattdpearce, Dan Marcou - PoliceOne.com - @PoliceOne, Scott Greenfield - criminal defense attorney - @ScottGreenfield, Connie Rice - Advancement Project in Los Angeles - @ConnieRicePCN, Matt Nelson - Color of Change - @ColorOfChange