Police officers are guardians of this great democracy. The freedom to protest, the freedom of speech, the freedom for expression, all freedoms we fight for with our lives is what makes us who we are as Americans. And so we risk our lives for those rights and so we won't militarize our policing standards, but we will do it in a much safer way every time, like we chose to do it this time.
We had an adequate amount of officers at this scene and we were blocking traffic and doing all the things to protect people's right to protest and their free speech. We are not gonna let a coward who would ambush police officers change our democracy. We're not gonna do it.
Our city, our country is better than that.