Should America's cops be protected by hate crime laws?
After the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Black Lives Matter movement successfully pushed police brutality to the forefront of the national conversation. Naturally, there was some pushback from conservatives and cops who said they were the real victims — that police are put in more danger every year by their jobs, and that the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter isn't helping keep them safe.
The sentiment, most experts pointed out, ran counter to the facts: People of color really are disproportionately killed by police; and violence against police seems to be at a multi-decade low. But that hasn't stopped "Blue Lives Matter," which apparently began as a hashtag in response to the popularity of #BlackLivesMatter, from swelling into a veritable cause of its own.
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