As Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris heaped praise on “peaceful” protesters who demonstrated against law enforcement in the wake of several high-profile police-involved shootings and deaths, more-violent activists were busy breaking home windows and terrorizing residential streets.
Harris’ praise came Wednesday night as she faced off against Vice President Mike Pence in a debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Given a question about the March police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, the California senator quickly shifted the conversation to demonstrations organized by or inspired by Black Lives Matter and similar groups.
“People around our country of every race, of every age, of every gender, perfect strangers to each other, marched shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, fighting for us to finally achieve that ideal of equal justice under law,” Harris said of demonstrations following the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
“And I was a part of those peaceful protests,”