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Edit: Violence only hinders progress

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial today, Anthony Kuipers comments:

Across the country, people in major U.S. cities are taking to the streets to protest the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police officers, spurred on by the recent killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

It has caused headaches for city officials, as the protestors blocked major roadways and bridges to take a stand against violence toward minorities. Hundreds have been arrested.

These events haven't been devoid of violence. The worst, of course, was the sniper shooting of police officers at a demonstration in Dallas, that left five officers and the shooter dead and several more officers wounded.

 

But police and protesters in Louisiana and Minnesota also clashed in incidents involving thrown projectiles - including one report of a Molotov cocktail - and injuries to officers. Police in Arizona used pepper spray and bean bags to get demonstrators off the street.

Other protests have been worse. More here.



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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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