VIDEO: Cop Supporters, Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash At Police Convention

Protesters faced off with police supporters at a police convention the day after Deputy Mark Stasyuk was murdered.

Sacramento, CA – Police supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed on Tuesday, in front of the Sacramento Convention Center.

The protest erupted the day after Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk was fatally shot, and another deputy was wounded, nearby in Rancho Cordova.

Inside the building, more than 1,000 law enforcement officials from all over the state were attending the California Peace Officers’ Association training conference, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Black Lives Matter activists had announced in advance that their goal was to shut down the COPSWEST Training and Expo in honor of the six month anniversary of the police shooting of Stephon Clark, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After Deputy Stasyuk was murdered on Sept. 17, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told police supporters who wanted to know what they could do to help to go down to the convention center and support law enforcement, according to the Sacramento Bee.

“I know people have this overwhelming urge to do what they can and not knowing what to do,” Sheriff Jones said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “One of the things you can do is go down there, go down to the convention center tomorrow between 11 and 1 and show your support for law enforcement while they continue to protest law enforcement.”

Afterwards, he apologized to his Sacramento police counterparts and said he hadn’t been trying to make more work for them.

“That was not the intent at all… it was meant to be an outlet,” Sheriff Jones said, according to the Sacramento Bee.

His good intentions inspired several dozen pro-police citizens, who carried American and Thin Blue Line flags, to show up in front of the police meeting and wave their colors.

Robert Dixon arrived at the protest wearing a flag shirt, carrying an American flag and a “God Bless the police” sign.

“I’m out here to support the police,” Dixon told the Sacramento Bee. “God bless the police. This is un-American out here, we don’t need this.”

For some of the police supporters, their counter-protest was much more personal.

Several of Deputy Stasyuk’s childhood friends were there carrying posters with the slain deputy’s picture on them, and waving Thin Blue Line flags.

“This is a long time childhood friend of mine, and he had his life taken from him too young,” Stephen Long told the Sacramento Bee on Facebook Live.

Long said that Deputy Stasyuk had been studying psychology because he wanted to learn how to help people instead of just arresting them.

“He did everything he possibly could, he was going to school for psychology… and what he got for that was violence,” Long said, as Black Lives Matter protesters chanted in the background.

At one point, the police supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters ended up on the same street corner, screaming and yelling into each other’s face “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter.”

However, nobody got out of control and no arrests had to be made at the demonstration, Sacramento Police Sergeant Vance Chandler told the Los Angeles Times.

Black Lives Matter protesters dragged 17 purple coffins into the roadway and illegally blocked traffic at J and 13 Streets, ignoring numerous police commands to disperse.

When police showed up in crowd-control gear, carrying batons and tear gas, the Black Lives Matter protesters finally got out of the way.

“Let’s do something different, let’s march,” Sacramento Black Lives Matter founder Tanya Faison suggested to the protesters, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The group marched a few blocks away, but then circled back and put their purple makeshift coffins back into the traffic lanes and got inside them again.

Finally, officers with crowd-control gear cleared the protesters from the traffic lanes for a second time, and then they dragged the coffins out of the road to put an end to that demonstration.

Sheriff Jones told the Sacramento Bee the protest had gone off “as expected without conflict or controversy.”

“It’s a testament to Sacramento that we can have different viewpoints, but that we still keep it civil. The difficulty for me is getting everyone through it,” the sheriff said, referring to the murder of Deputy Stasyuk. “It’s definitely a shock, but we understand the gravity of what we do.”

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diverrick
diverrick

Does not sound to have been the least bit civil from the Black lives people. They should be arrested for blocking the roads and protesting with out permits and causing general mayhem They have no morals anymore. Just do what they please weather it is legal or not. Time to get tough.

thebronze
thebronze

Black Lies Matter

Marxest
Marxest

Well at least no one was seriously injured. Everyone has their right to protest, and they should continue to do so.

GForce48
GForce48

If the Black Lives Matter crowd was really concerned with black lives they would address the issues that really have a negative impact on black lives! Death by a police officer will be "#128" on the list with things like drive by shootings by other blacks being much higher on the list. Just saying!

angeleyes
angeleyes

why always so few supporters for our LEOs? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Does no one else worry that it's what we're doing now? worries me.

jimT
jimT

Black lives matter only when it involves law enforcement. Black on black crime, abortions of black babies...those don't matter. Really?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I’m the last person that is racist but what I don’t understand like Chicago black on black killings is at 100%, and the Black Lives Matter is nowhere to be found in Chicago until a Law Enforcement Officer has to shoot a suspect then all hell breaks loose. Furthermore if people really believed in what they protesting for why are there so many killings across the US? It all boils down to is ALL LIVES MATTER!! Let’s leave the race of people behind! We all bleed RED!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“Let’s do something different, let’s march,” Sacramento Black Lives Matter founder Tanya Faison suggested to the protesters,

Wow. yeah that's really different Tanya...and does what exactly except try to spread a false narrative. This demonstration shown here just displays the level of ignorance and lies from BLM. The actual stats for Chicago as of 9/21/18 is 78.8% black criminals and black victims. (compared to 12.6 % Hispanic, 6.9% White). You will likely see similar stats for any major metropolitan area in the US with a predominant black population. The BM population causing the carnage amounts to 5% between ages 12-45 (of the total 12% US black population). Its black on black crime which is the predominant reason for blacks deaths and resulting incarcerations and any other reason "pales" in comparison and is just a lie. One reader on this site pushes a personal agenda that deflects these stats in any way possible because he himself is black and he doesn't like the facts. Do your own research and you will find similar info as I have. BTW - Has anyone ever actually seen a BLM demonstration in Chicago? Just curious.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds like someone read Sheriff Jones the proverbial riot act. Glad he apologized. They might have actually made some arrests if he hadn't made his ill-advised comments before the demonstration.

Mrs10
Mrs10

And here we have a now classic scenario:

BLM protestors block the streets, cause problems for traffic, and want to interrupt LE training

Non-BLM protestors...Well they just protested

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

ONCE AGAIN I SAY THAT THERE ARE A HELL OF LOT MORE DEATHS TO YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE FROM BLACK ON BLACK CRIME. YES WHEN SOMEONE BREAKS THE LAW AND AN OFFICER DEMANDS THAT THEY STOP AND HOLD THEIR HANDS UP SO THAT THE OFFICER WHO IS TRYING TO PROTECT HIMSELF AND INNOCENT CITIZENS CAN SEE THAT THE PERSON IS NOT ARMED AND THEY REFUSE OR TURN AROUND WITH A GUN IN THEIR HAND THEN YES THE ONLY THING THAT THE OFFICER CAN DIE IS SHOOT. STOP YOUR OWN PROBLEM OF YOUNG BLACK MEN KILLING OTHER YOUNG BLACK MEN SINCE THIS IS WHERE ALL THE DEATH OCCURS, NOT A WHITE COP SHOOTING A YOUNG BLACK MALE. IF BLACK LIVES MATTER WORK ON YOUR ON DAMN BLACK KIDS UP BRINGING AND KNOW WHAT YOUR TEENAGERS ARE UP TO. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP THEM SAFE FROM EACH OTHER.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

If they really cared with what is happening, they'd protest when a LE is murdered! F'n crickets! Traffic stops, warrants served, domestic disputs, assaults and robberies! Ambushes! A damned bunch of hypocrites! Bullsh#t!

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

You would think that when you see a Problem, you address it by actually taking personal action. Not just by blaming someone else and letting the conditions just continue. Complaining that Police Officers are just out there, killing young Black men, doesn't play. Why doesn't the men of the Black Community actually address the acts and actions young black men take that gets them shot and killed? Why don't they support the idea that young Black men follow directions of the officer, refrain from attitudes that cause confrontation, refrain from actual confrontation, etc.? Then, after the incident, confront the believed injustice in a rational and orderly way. Even seeking a legal remedy when appropriate. Then, the appropriate changes can be addressed in an orderly manner, without the massive losses we have seen in recent years. LEO's of all backgrounds know, from experience, that young Black men are overall the most aggressive and dangerous encounters for them to address than any other demographic. And, as such, the encounter is much more confrontational / abusive than any other. What would anyone expect the action and reactions to be, when this is the norm? That people won't get hurt or Killed? Including Officers and bystanders?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

All of you people realize black on black crime how you see it is a myth, right? Blacks kill blacks at about 90%. White kill whites at about 87%. Rates for Hispanics and Asians are pretty similar.

You kill who you're around. Nothing more nothing less. Get new information please, and stop recycling the same incorrect points.

Nlevey530
Nlevey530

I’m sick of this nonsense.They call themselves victims.That they are being singled out,I’m tired of the crap!How about all of us who work hard for a living.Who pay our bills.Who respect our laws,who try to make this world a better place.How about all of us who get victimized by them?

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Black Lives Matters sucks....As for as I am concerned, the police care more for blacks lives than BLM!

Stanracer
Stanracer

These racist, police hating terrorists have got it all wrong. Four out of five people killed by the police are white. For the idiots out there that means one out five are black. Most black people are killed by......wait for it...OTHER BLACK PEOPLE! They should be protesting that.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

3.5...Surprised you know what school is!!