Only two days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed in the line of duty, anti-police activists held a protest in Times Square on Thursday.
As reported by Western Journalism, Officer Holder was gunned down Tuesday night in Harlem responding to a gun fight between rival gangs followed by an armed robbery. Holder, 33, whose family is originally from Guyana, was the fourth NYPD officer killed in the line of duty this year, and the 101st in the country.
“The demonstrators who carried signs at 47th street and Broadway decrying “victims of police murder” seemed oblivious to the trauma felt throughout the city after Holder, an African-American and second-generation police officer, was killed trying to protect New Yorkers,” Fox News reports.
“People have had enough of the anti-cop protest, and it’s time these people go get a job and find a different agenda,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins told FoxNews.com. “It’s just the arrogance of the whole thing. This is a naysayer group. If there’s a bit of intelligence put into any of this, they’d realize all their facts are incorrect.”
Many of the protesters carried “Black Lives Matter” signs. “One display featured a picture of Michael Brown next to a mocked-up ‘wanted poster’ for Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who shot Brown during an altercation in August 2014,” according to Fox News.
The news outlet asked one of the protesters if Holder’s life matter too. “I would hope that his family realizes that his life is included in that ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan,” she said. “We’re talking about black bodies being persecuted across the world.”
“Nobody’s here saying anything bad about cops – we’re here talking about killer cops, holding killer cops responsible,” said Tawanda Jones, another protester.
Fox News reports that “the three-day ‘National March to STOP Police Terror’ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is set to have events in numerous city spots, among them Washington Square Park and Bryant Park in Manhattan and a march to Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn later Thursday.
“The event was ‘initiated’ by activists Dr. Cornel West and Carl Dix, a self-described revolutionary. Several high-profile ‘selected endorsers’ for the event include former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, actors Ed Asner and Mark Ruffalo and singer Harry Belafonte,” Fox News reported.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.