Live And Let Die: Hundreds Stage ‘Die-In’ Outside Eagles Game And It Goes Pretty Peacefully
A barricade of bicycle cops kept Eagles fans away from protesters, for the most part, and things went relatively peacefully as hundreds of people staged a 'die-in' outside of the Seahawks-Eagles game in Philadelphia on Sunday. A broken camera was the only reported injury.
Wait, what? Eagles fans were involved, and there were no injuries?
The protesters -- making a social comment on the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths at the hands of police -- blocked traffic at Broad and Pattison outside the Linc just after Seattle defeated Philadelphia inside. It was a recipe for disaster, but Philly police, with plenty of notice by the protest group POWER, had a game plan that was much better than Chip Kelly's.
— Philly.com (@phillydotcom) December 8, 2014
"We can spend millions of dollars on football games but we can't fund our schools," thundered Bishop Dwayne D. Royster, of the Living Water United Church of Christ.
Susanna Gilbertson, 38, of West Philly, had brought her daughter Zora, 5, to the protest. She said it was important to help children understand large issues, and the girl responded in a simple, powerful way.
The sign she created said, "Don't hurt people. Be nice to each other," with two stick figures holding hands.
"We want to raise an anti-racist white child," Gilbertson said.
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) December 8, 2014
Does this redeem Philadelphia for throwing snowballs at Santa? Of course not. But it's good to know that here during riot season, some cooler heads prevailed.
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