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MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Clashing views went face-to-face Friday evening in front of McKinney Police Department as protesters were met with a counter protesters in a heated yet peaceful exchange.
This was not the large crowd both groups had advertised. A little more than a hundred protesters total showed-up.
Lead by the activist group, Next Generation Action, demonstrators marched from the police department to the Collin County Courthouse with a message for the district attorney’s office to file criminal charges against former McKinney officer Eric Casebolt.
The other protest called “Back the Blue” asked for the completion of the police investigations before judging Casebolt’s actions. The group also called the opposing protester “race-baiters” – claiming race has nothing to do with the officer’s actions.
While many protesters yelled back and forth, Tammy Simpson, a young black woman from Dallas, and Charlie Bachmann, an older white man from McKinney, could be seen exchanging in an actual dialog.
“Everything escalates,” Bachmann said to Simpson. “We don’t want that to happen.”
Simpson responded, “We don’t want that either.”
While neither changed each other’s minds, they did agree to listen to each.
“He doesn’t want this to be a Ferguson. We don’t want it to be a Ferguson either. We just want justice.” said Simpson.
And on a night where voices were raised, these two who listened may have been heard best.
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