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New York: 'Insulting' hashtag sees pro and anti-police demonstrators clash

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New York: 'Insulting' hashtag sees pro and anti-police demonstrators clash

<p>New York saw a different kind of demonstration on Friday night (December 19), with dozens taking to the streets in support of the police.</p> <p>The recent deaths of two unarmed, black Americans following police intervention have provoked ‘anti police brutality’ rallies throughout the US. But Friday’s counter-rally was one of the first of its kind.</p> <p>Protesters chanted “<span class="caps">NYPD</span>” and “Don’t resist arrest”, while holding up placards saying ‘Blue Lives Matter’.</p> <p>The rally was promoted on social media using a hashtag of the same name. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Conservatives: December 19th please support and show love to the police. Rough year 4 them <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TCOT?src=hash">#TCOT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlueLivesMatter?src=hash">#BlueLivesMatter</a> <a href="http://t.co/LJM5b2sHD9">pic.twitter.com/LJM5b2sHD9</a></p>— Queen Of Liberty.com (@MercuryOneOC) <a href="https://twitter.com/MercuryOneOC/status/545787445653278720">December 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Walter Hillegass attended the pro-police demonstration.</p> <p>“It’s not right”, he said. “These people want a world with no police officers, with no law. It’s going to turn into the wild west. That just can’t happen. I have a two-year old daughter at home and I don’t want her to be looking over her shoulder if we don’t have any police officers, which is exactly what they want.”</p> <p>Scores of protesters countered the rally, labelling the twist on the original #BlackLivesMatter slogan “insulting and offensive”. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Anyone who hoped this would just go away is out of luck. <a href="http://t.co/M8Uk2NcB9f">http://t.co/M8Uk2NcB9f</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlackLivesMatter?src=hash">#BlackLivesMatter</a> <a href="http://t.co/WpkoCsGcT1">pic.twitter.com/WpkoCsGcT1</a></p>— The Nation (@thenation) <a href="https://twitter.com/thenation/status/545656590985359360">December 18, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Rodrigo Starz attended the counter demonstration. He argued the phrase #BlueLivesMatter was racist.</p> <p>“The reality is, that when you have a hashtag like #BlackLivesMatter, when you counter that, what you’re really saying is that you’re a white supremacist. It is that simple”, he asserted. </p> <p>“The police department is murdering us and they have the audacity to even try to use slogans like this. You know what I mean? I think it shows their ignorance, their racism.”</p> <p>Diana Leary contested that people should take responsibility for their actions.</p> <p>“We’re not against all of <span class="caps">NYPD</span>”, said the demonstrator. “But the bad cops, what they do – unjustified killing of unarmed black youth and men – they need to be held accountable. And at this point, they are not being held accountable for their actions.”</p> <p>Separated by metal barricades, the protesters confronted each other face-to-face on several occasions.</p>