The largely rudderless Black Lives Matter movement that emerged in the wake of Ferguson, Mo., suspect Michael Brown’s death last year has sparked a wave of anti-police rhetoric. Some speculate that recent violence against law enforcement in communities across the nation was inspired by the race-based campaign.
A major rallying event for the movement’s adherents occurred Wednesday when court proceedings began in the case against six Baltimore, Md., police officers charged in connection with the death of suspect Freddie Gray.
A group of protesters gathered near the city courthouse in the ostensible pursuit of “justice.”
Though the demonstration was largely peaceful, reports indicate protesters blocked traffic and at least one was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
While such disruptions have become commonplace in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson in recent months, it was an obvious – and repeated – spelling error on protesters’ signs that attracted increased social media attention for the latest demonstration.
People’s Power Assembly, a local group described by Weasel Zippers as “a radical leftist organization,” produced signs that misspelled Gray’s last name.
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Reaction to the story varied, with one online critic suggesting that when protesters “were in the planning stage they should have run a draft of the signs [sic] text past one of their guilty white liberal supporters for editing and approval.”
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