For Ferguson, I'm on the side of the police. For New York, I'm on the side of the protesters.
In Ferguson they were never interested in the truth, and it all went to hell from the get go.
In New York its a very different story. Now I don't think for a second that the cops intended to do any real harm to that man. But the fact is, they got physical and he died. The worst part is, the man was pulse-less and apenic for 7 minutes before CPR was started. Every cop in New York is trained in CPR, first aid and many are EMT certified. He was in police custody so at the very least there should have been a negligent homicide indictment. All I know is, if I tackled someone and he ended up dying, I'd be sitting in jail; and we all know that's true.
Still, even though it happened, I don't think all cops are bad, and I don't think New York cops are bad. One cop did something he shouldn't have done, and someone died as a result. It's questionable whether what he did was the direct cause or an indirect cause. But according to the law, indirect is still a homocide.
So the protesters in New York have a legitimate beef. I don't care that the guy was black, what I see is a cop getting away with something an ordinary citizen wouldn't get away with, and this one stinks of corruption.
As for Al Sharpton and the race baiters...They just took it too far, simple as that.
As for this POS who murdered these two officers; I hope there's a special place in hell for the SOB. That didn't solve anything, it just made things significantly worse.
When cops get it right, and they do that 99.99% of the time, they needed to be backed 100%. When they get it wrong, they need to be held accountable to the same level as anyone else. Otherwise you're saying cops are a higher level of citizen and that's a really slippery slope.