Protests continue across the country over the funding of police from Black Lives Matter protesters.
Recently, Idaho had its first protest in Boise over the funding of the Boise Police Department. The protest garnered state-wide attention for the tension between protesters and counter-protesters.
Police are still investigating alleged physical altercations between the two groups.
Now, Boise’s chapter of Black Lives Matter has announced they will hold another protest to “Defund the Police.”
The new protest will occur on July 21st. However, it is unclear where exactly the protest will take place.
A meme with the protest date was announced on BLM Boise’s Facebook page. It is believed that the protest will be in Boise and likely at Boise City Hall.
The exact time and location will be posted here if the Black Lives Matter organization responds to our inquiry or if they post an update.
A counter-protest is also expected on the same day by the group, “Idaho Liberty Dogs.”
The group was one of several that counter-protested the first “Defund the Police” protest back on June 30th.
We asked the Idaho Liberty Dogs why they are counter-protesting again. Additionally, we asked them what they want law enforcement to know about their efforts.
They said in a statement to Idaho Dispatch,
We’re counter-protesting to let our city officials know that we do not agree with defunding our police department agencies. Our cities are growing day by day and with that will come more crime. The resources to fund these and other programs such as social services, should come from somewhere else. Instead of defunding, raise the budget to provide for additional services. We intend to counter all Defund Police protest. We want our LE to know that we need them and appreciate them. We do not agree with lawlessness and we the citizens of ID will defend our LEOs.
Idaho Dispatch will be on the ground on July 21st to report on what we see happening. Our goal is to cover both sides and try to interview several people to get their opinions on the issue of “Defunding the Police.”
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Note: Photo courtesy of the AP.
Tags: Black Lives Matter, Boise, Defund the Police, Idaho Liberty Dogs, Protest