while we find that the black lives matter movement adresses the need for police and our community leaders to be more sensitive to the sensless murders of african american males, its also important to remember that all groups of people need to be protected under the law. For example , the five policemen murdered in Dallas ,persecution on muslims because of religous beliefs, and the persecution of latino americans because of their stereotypical envolvment in drug dealing and immigration
In 2015 - 2016, the homicide rate went up by 58% in Chicago, there were about 762 homicides in2016 , which is the highest number in 2 decades. The city's former police super intendant Garry McCarthy blames the Black Lives Matter movement for the murder spike.I personally dont support his statement.
Activism under the Black Lives Matter banner has continued since 2014. Prominent protests occurred in the same year, with Eric Garner who was choked to death during arrest for selling lose cigarettes, 2015 Freddie Gray who died in a police van for possession of a switchblade, and in December the 17 year old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times.
At its minimum , the black lives matter movement has sparked the conversation around equality for all races in the eyes of the legal system especially at the grass roots levels