#BlackLivesMatter is not an “anti-police movement”. It is an anti-brutality movement. It is a pro-equality movement. It does not call for the death of police. It does not say that all police are bad. And yet people seem to be more than happy to lie and say the extreme opposite. If you say that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is anti-police, what you are saying is that no one should be allowed to point out police brutality, that police should never be investigated or scrutinized or criticized in any way. In other words, you are saying that the police are actually above the law, and should be allowed to do whatever they want, with complete impunity. So, is that what you really mean to say? Do you really mean to say that you want to live in a country where the police operate like the Stassi or like some other secret police force, killing and torturing people at will? I doubt that. This kind of comment — this kind of thinking — is not helpful in the least. The people who did this are sick. They’re criminals. They need to be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Police have been shot at in various neighborhoods before, and unfortunately, that will probably happen again. But to claim now that all police shootings are “caused” by people who simply speak their minds and draw attention to the very real issue of police violence — and the disproportionate number of deaths among people of color at the hands of police — makes no sense. To blame a movement that simply seeks accountability among police for the actions of the individuals is simply unproductive saber-rattling.