National Black Lives Matter CONDEMNS Cookout With Wichita Police


“This is not in line with our principals,” said the Black Lives Matter DC group about the now-famous cookout between Wichita police officers and area BLM activists.

The cookout was a fabulous success – to head off another Black Lives Matter demonstration, Wichita police invited them all to a barbeque last Sunday instead.   They held a Q&A session, talked about their concerns, ate, danced together and had a great time.   The event drew in almost 2,000 people from all ages and racial backgrounds.

The national BLM leaders didn’t like it one bit, and they sent out a tweet to denounce the event.

KSN News interviewed two Wichita community organizers, Djuan Wash and A.J. Bohannon, who worked with the Wichita police department to help set up the cookout event, which has received praise nationwide, but also hate from the Black Lives Matter movement.

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They said this was a way to be proactive with the Wichita Police Department, and the fun and games all took place after the difficult questions were asked.

“Everybody thinks we’re out there just having this grand ol’ time, but really we were addressing some of the issues that have been plugging this community for quite some time,” said Bohannon

In spite of the backlash from Washington, both men agreed the cookout was the right thing to do.   “We need more police chiefs like Chief Ramsay to be willing to have these tough conversations with people in the community, but also put words to action,” Wash said.

Trying to clear up their statement about the Wichita event, the national BLM group is making it even worse, saying UNITY is not a solution.







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