It looks like after arrests and/or clearing the streets the cops adopted a BLM(?) chant "Whose's streets, our streets!"
Typically, how I understand it when peaceful demonstrators use it, they mean as our as "we the people" kind of thing. If I were to be overly deferential to the cop's, I *could* say that maybe they meant they secured it for "we the people" and peaceful people, having gotten rid of the rioters… Even putting aside its unprofessionalism, I think that is a very tricky stance for a authoritative body to adopt. At least in a democracy. The streets belong to the public.
There are even cop groups pushing against these cop's behaviour, per The Guardian:
“Whether we agree with demonstrations, protests or acts of violence, it is our job to do our job free of personal bias.”
On Twitter on Monday, the group said: “We are human and we will make mistakes. We are also people who have the last word, which can be – arrest, freedom, or death. No need 2 chant.”
Here is the WaPo article.
Edited by sierraleone, 18 September 2017 - 09:12 PM.