Ironically, a police line was placed in front of the BLM Protesters
Source: New York Post
It was a Blue Lives Brawl, as these dramatic photos show.
Tempers flared in Brooklyn Saturday as anti-cop protesters crashed a Blue Lives Matter rally — complete with furious finger-pointing and a lot of shouting, pushing and shoving.
Some three dozen anti-cop protesters showed up just before the 11 a.m. start of the rally at 13th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue in Dyker Heights.
The multi-racial group confronted a crowd of more than 300 police supporters, virtually all of them white.
Angry words flew, largely from the pro-cop contingent.
“You want to destroy America! You are f—ing Communists. Go to Venezuela.”
At one point, an elderly pro-cop protester swung his fist at the other side. There were no arrests, however.
Lou Gentile, a 70-year-old Army vet, traveled to the rally from Staten Island in a three-bus caravan.
“I had to be here to defend my police – defend them and to show that I’m in total support of them,”Lou Gentile
Gentile said the disrespect of police officers goes back to last summer’s string of incidents in which several cops were doused with water while out on the streets.
“They risk their lives every day for us. When they put that gun on and that uniform, they risk their lives,”Lou Gentile
“When you call them, who’s going to come? A social worker? I don’t think so. Who’s going to come? Him, him and him, to protect your life.”
The NYPD quickly stepped in to separate the anti-cop protesters, who carried Black Lives Matter signs, from the pro-cop protesters, who chanted “NYPD!” and carried signs reading Blue Lives Matter.
The anti-cop protesters were barred from joining the rally as it marched up 13th Avenue. No arrests were reported.
“The Blue Lives Matter march – there is no such thing as a blue life, it’s a blue shirt,”Commie Protester
“They seem to think that Black Lives Matter is a personal attack on them, on their white lives and the police, but what we want is equality,”Stop Committing Crimes
“We want fair treatment under the law and the police has shown that they can not do that.”Lies from the Butthurt
But members of the pro-cop side said the police needed community support now more than ever.
That contingent included local Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, former state Sen. Marty Golden, who is an ex-cop, and the family of slain officer Russel Timoshenko, who was 23 when he was shot dead in Brooklyn in 2007.
“It’s not fair to them,” pro-cop protester Natallia Vroublebski, 40, and a teacher from Dyker Heights, said of the ongoing waves of anti-cop rallies and defunding efforts.
“We need them, we are seeing the crime goes up and it’s not good and we need them. They should not have cut their budget. I don’t agree with that.”Natallia Vroublebski
Pro Cop Protester
Added a pro-cop protester who said he was a union plumber and gave his name as Anthony — and who was waving a Trump/Pence 2020 flag — “Trump, our president, is for law and order to keep all of us safe — me, you, everybody needs to be be kept safe by the NYPD or any police.”
He said, “You can’t say all cops are bad because they are not. The ones that are bad they should be removed.”
“You are taking away our cops from the streets and these undercover cops that do their job – and it’s really hard to keep us safe – they are the ones who are in the most jeopardy and it you take them away, it’s going to take away from us at the end of the day.”
Of the Black Lives Matter protesters, he added, “Everybody deserves the right to freedom my speak. They have their right to protest as well.”