A Ferguson demonstrator had the right idea back in August of this year.
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  • A Ferguson demonstrator had the right idea back in August of this year.

It is entirely understandable for a person to mourn the murders of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos while still mourning the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. It's appropriate to be horrified by the actions of Ismaaiyl Brinsley and also call for police reform. The protests that started in Ferguson this summer were not demanding more death. They were pleading for life.

Anyone who argues otherwise—who says the deaths were caused by a call for police reform, or by the protests, or by liberal leaders who expressed concern for the unequal treatment of minorities at the hands of the police—is not interested in reflecting reality. They're agitating for war.

And if your protest hinges around the idea of mocking the last words of a dying man, you need to rethink your strategy. And your humanity.