Black Lives Matter Blocks Intersections Downtown After No Charges Filed Against Officers Involved in Fatal Thurman Blevins Incident

I was on my way to the Twins Game last night when I encountered an unexpected traffic jam.

Luckily, I rode my bike to the game so I was able to hop on the sidewalk and skip the line. As I reached the intersection, I saw the back-up was due to Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating in the streets in the wake of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s announcement that no charges would be filed against the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Mr. Blevins.

As I was walking my bike toward the stadium I heard some of the protesters equating the police to the Klu Klux Klan. I snapped this quick photo below.

I have serious qualms about police practices such as civil asset forfeiture and I think bodycams on officers are good for making the force more transparent, but I would be lying if I said equating police officers to members of a white supremacy group didn’t rub me the wrong way.

Black lives matter because all lives matter. I just happen to think there are more productive ways to address some of the real inequalities in the system than calling the police members of the KKK.