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Black Lives Matter Protestors Could Be Part 'New Phoenix' Politics

Protesters gather at Camelback Road
(Photo by Will Stone - KJZZ)
Protesters gather at Camelback Road and 24th Street in Phoenix on July 15, 2016.

The police shootings of unarmed black men in cities like Baton Rouge and St Paul have sparked outrage in the African-American community. And, in turn, killings of police in places such as Baton Rouge and Dallas have sparked outrage among law enforcement.

Here in the Valley, while there have been protests, things have remained mostly peaceful when protesters and police have clashed in the streets of Phoenix.

"The point of doing demonstrations is to disrupt," said Rashad Shabazz, an associate professor at ASU’s School of Transformation "The killing of unarmed black men and women is no longer acceptable." 

He has been closely watching as younger, multiracial people get involved in rallies and protests.

"It was really, new Phoenix, if you will," Shabazz said of the crowds.

"That energy needs to be bottled up into organized political engagement."

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