1. The stories of one black man, one black teenager and one black boy have come to symbolize police brutality in America.
  2. They are: Teenager Michael Brown who was shot multiple times by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri; Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer in November; and Eric Garner, a New York grandfather who was put in a fatal chokehold by a police officer trying to arrest him for selling cigarettes illegally.
  3. Multiple protests, from Berkeley to Brooklyn, have been staged to show solidarity with Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner--- all of whom were killed by police officers and all of whom have come to symbolize victims of police brutality.
  4. Now, there's a new social media movement afoot that threatens to further polarize police and their critics.

    The hashtag is: #BlueLivesMatter — a play on the #blacklivesmatter hashtag that united critics of the Ferguson decision last month — and it's gaining traction on Twitter and Facebook this week.

    Supporters of the NYPD and police officers across the nation plan to gather on December 19th in solidarity at New York's City Hall.
  5. According to the Village Voice:
  6. "The event is not meant to be a counter-protest to the current, near daily, actions from local activists in response to the police-inflicted deaths of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley in New York and Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. According to the organizer, 'this is just a support group for the 35,000 men and women who are doing their very best to keep this city in order,' the organizer said. 'This city is nothing like it used to be.''
  7. To date, Cindy Chapman-Santoro has said, via the group's Facebook page, that she will be the lead event organizer for the rally:
  8. "I don't mind being the spokesman for this rally... I have no experience planning a rally I do know 3 things have to happen. 1) someone needs to get the word out to as many people as possible. If you tweet PLEASE tweet a pic of the flyer w the hash tag ‪#‎thankyouNYPD‬ and ‪#‎NYPD‬.. 2) someone needs to reach out to elected officials.. I have tagged several who have always stood up for the police but have received nothing back yet. Want to help contact your local representatives invite them to attend and show support 3) someone needs to reach out to the PBA AND SBA.. They have been the most vocal in opposition to how the city has been treating the NYPD in press conferences. Anyone have contacts?? Reach out to your contacts. Without the unions this WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL. The only way this event will get off the ground is w participation. Let's all pull together!! Good luck and feel free to message me."
  9. We will continue to follow this story as it develops. In the mean time, we want to hear from you. Would you attend this rally?
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