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'Black Lives Matter' protest blocks traffic in Durham

Posted July 21, 2016

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— Hundreds of demonstrators in a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest Thursday afternoon blocked Duke Street around 6:30 p.m. in Durham.

The group said it is protesting recent police-involved shootings in the United States.

Protest organizers said in a press release that they are demanding “divestment from the police, and oppose the building of a new $71 million police headquarters in Durham.”

Chanelle Croxton was among a small group of people that chained themselves to a railing outside the police station in Durham.

"When we see police, we don't see safety, we don't see comfort," Croxton said. "We don't see security. We see a threat, and we see someone who will kill us.

"Without the police, we would be just fine."

Organizers told WRAL News that the group did not have a permit to be on the street. No arrests have been made.

"The Durham Police Department respects and supports the privileges of individuals to exercise their First Amendment rights through peaceful protests," said a Durham Police Department spokesman. "We will continue to monitor these gatherings to ensure the safety and welfare of the participants and others that may be impacted."


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  • Edward Anderson Jul 22, 1:06 p.m.
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    +1 *SMH* What an idjit.

  • Roger Chance Jul 22, 10:57 a.m.
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    Nothing like punishing people who have nothing to do with their cause. I'm sure these tactics are winning over a lot of converts. One more GOOD reason NOT to go to Durham. Take away the cameras and this will stop.

  • Aiden Audric Jul 22, 10:37 a.m.
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    Black lives will matter when we all recognize that they do matter.

    "Without the police, we would be just fine." is a horrible way to make sure that black lives matter. This is counter-productive and damages the chances of fixing the problems that do exist.

    Many communities have reported that integrating police into the communities and recruiting minorities to be officers has been effective. The communities recognize this but still insist on kicking the police away.

    "When we see police, we don't see safety, we don't see comfort," Croxton said. "We don't see security. We see a threat, and we see someone who will kill us."

    Takes both sides recognizing the issue and addressing it smartly - like integrating police substations into communities - to fix it.

  • Nick Ditcheos Jul 22, 10:05 a.m.
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    Just scroll through the police arrests, 80% are black. Maybe this group should be spending their time more wisely and addressing the real issues within the community..

  • Chase Truman Jul 22, 9:21 a.m.
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    "Without the police, we would be just fine." Is she crazy?? I support the BLM movement, but I also support what GOOD police do for our society. Those two things do not have to be mutually exclusive. Someone may as well start writing the next Lord of the Flies if there are no police in Durham.

  • Sick Ofhollywood Jul 22, 9:16 a.m.
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    BLM - black ink for prisons. red ink for every society.

  • Dan Wilder Jul 22, 8:08 a.m.
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    "Without the police, we would be just fine."
    Well now that's a laugh.....doesn't she realize that the fact that there are police is the only reason she is still walking and talking. That without police, people would just get tired of the protestors threats and interference and leave them laying bleeding in the streets. That is the irony of the whole situation, that these protesters can only protest because of the people they are protesting.

  • Judy Loftin Jul 22, 5:46 a.m.
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    Blm and lgbt, a good match. No one takes them seriously. Both groups are outcasts.

  • Dean Morron Jul 22, 3:12 a.m.
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    Blocking a public road, no permit ..... YET, no arrests ??? On the turn side, what if I wanted to start an " All Lives Matter, or White Lives Matter " demonstration blocking Duke St. ? I have a funny feeling I'd be arrested !!!!!

  • Jason Herzog Jul 22, 12:35 a.m.
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    Prime example of the mentality of a Hillary supporter. I wouldn't expect anything different.