The park was full of people from all walks of life. There were some excellent speakers. So many people saying "this is a good event" Yes, but it's such a tragedy that a young man died at the hands of the police it was neccesary.
I was especially moved (to tears) by the black religious leaders, calling for people to remain calm and non-violent. These community leaders do have great power due to earning the respect and love of thier community. The crowd was not a violent, or a vengeful group anyways, though, and my opinion is that the same religious leaders should say the same words to the police department, Maybe they are.
My feeling is that this cop-union "leader" is blinded by fear and predjudice. Frankly, I think the cops in general watch too much TV. Starsky and Hutch is NOT a good training video.
If they protect this bad cops job they're making a huge mistake. The union leader needs to think about the work environment being created for the good cops out there.
Thanks to everyone who came out this afternoon.