Faced with what amounts to a revolt from the protesting players on the one hand and the fans outraged at what they see as blatant disrespect for flag and country, the NFL owners decided to pursue several compromises, all of which failed…so now, they’ve resorted to what amounts to race based bribery.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry rebuked officers for their aggressive use of pepper spray and containment tactics while handling protests in the wake of the Sept. 15 acquittal of former officer Jason Stockley for the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The St. Louis Police Department conducted two mass arrests during the days of consecutive protests, arresting several journalists and civilians who weren’t protesting.
Organizers of an anti-racism protest set for Sunday in downtown Montreal say they’re planning to deliver a positive message opposing hate, even though a group this week claimed they vandalized a local business that supplies equipment to police forces in support of the event.
In a full-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, the group advertised its event:
Nov 4 it begins — be there — join with the thousands who will gather in cities and towns across the country. A movement of protests that continue every day and night, growing until we become millions … determined not to stop until this is driven from power.
Clad in Guy Fawkes masks, thousands of supporters of Anonymous, the anarchic hacking collective, carried placards as they made their way through the Capital while scores of police officers maintained a tight perimeter around them.
With the exception of the Houston Texans, NFL protests on Sunday were quite scaled down from where they were a few weeks ago. However, if the Reverend Jesse Jackson had his way, the protests would be on the increase.
Protesters wearing surgical masks and scarves over their faces lined up Friday along a Montreal bus route to rally against a new law that would force anyone using public services, including Muslim women wearing a niqab or burka, to uncover their faces.
Rally organizer Shannon McDeez was among the first to speak to the crowds on Sunday.
“We want to start a national conversation about white supremacy,” McDeez said. “What we’re talking about is white supremacy — its institutionalization, its radicalization and the fact that its being empowered by a disgusting political shift in the United States.”
Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.
In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.