Protesters hold line in front of business to stop looters
Undoubtedly there has been way too much violence, looting, and property destruction. Nothing takes away the moral high ground from a movement like seeing a bunch of guys walk out of an electronics store with big-screen TVs in hand.
And in the early days of these protests, the rage was palpable. Cars were torched, businesses were destroyed, and so much property was stolen.
But people are starting to take a stand against that type of chaos.
In Brooklyn, a group of protesters intervened a few days ago when looters and vandals approached a Target store.
The protestors formed a line in front of the store to stop the looters from smashing windows (and stealing store inventory).
Michigan Sheriff leads protestors in peaceful march
This is starting to be a bigger trend: police are putting down their tear gas and riot shields, and joining the protestors to peacefully demonstrate for reform.
In one great example of humanity and leadership, Genesse County, Michigan's sheriff Chris Swanson met a crowd of protestors, and actually took charge to compassionately lead their march through the city.
This is pretty extraordinary. Protests are typically leaderless, and mobs can take on a life of their own.
But Swanson took charge, telling the crowd "I want to make this a parade." The cops put their weapons down, took their helmets off, and marched together with the protestors... which ensured that (a) the protestors' voices were still loudly heard, (b) they could march without any threat of violence, and (c) everything remained safe and orderly.