The officer is seeking $75,000 in damages for emotional distress and slander.
Is Black Lives Matter destined to go the way of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Million Man March movements -- a footnote in history? A recent poll showed voters are skeptical of Black Lives Matter and its policies.
Blake had been misidentified as a suspect in a crime.
“With transparency comes public understanding and with public understanding comes public support."
"Black lives matter. Latino lives matter. Non-celebrity lives matter. It's high time the city acknowledged that."
How does the country change the narrative so that black people are not always receiving the "worst of the worst:" the worst schools, the worst jobs, the worst opportunities -- all a part of black life because of the color of their skin?
The men and women of the world are once again disheartened to read yet another story about a black person being brutalized by the NYPD. We are also disheartened by the knee-jerk reaction from ivory tower police union bosses.
Violence or civil disobedience? That has been the perennial question facing the Civil Rights movement, which has evolved into the "Black Lives Matter" crusade. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., civil disobedience has been a powerful weapon in spearheading needed social progress.
One officer told me that if I simply complied with his instructions to show my ID, then I wouldn't have been detained. I demanded to know why I was rushed and restrained with handcuffs. "Why don't you trust police?" the officer shot back.
Patrick Lynch has a lot of venom for "arm-chair judges."