The “White Lives Matters” movement has launched an unprecedented campaign calling for justice for people of color in the U.S., which it says is “unacceptable” that so many white people are killed at the hands of police.
The “Black Lives Matter” group, which has sprung up since last week, is one of several groups that are using social media to rally the community and spread their message, including calling for the arrest of white officers and calling for federal officials to declare an emergency.
“White lives matter, but we don’t have to wait for the police to fix the problem, Black lives matter,” the group tweeted on Tuesday.
Black Lives Matters calls for the immediate arrest of police officers who kill unarmed black people in the United States, calling for systemic changes to law enforcement, education and justice in the Black community.
Its slogan is “Black lives matter” or “Black on Black,” a reference to the recent death of Eric Garner, who was put in a chokehold by New York police officers in a Staten Island borough park last month.
A video posted on Twitter on Tuesday shows an activist holding a sign that reads “Justice for Black lives.”
It has been retweeted more than 3,000 times and shared nearly 1,000,000 Times Square locations.
In a Facebook post, the group said it had reached out to “Black Americans in the media” and was holding a “White lives matters” event at a local restaurant.
While the group is focused on the death of Garner, its demands also include the resignation of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the arrest and indictment of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and more.
They include the immediate firing of Bratton, who the group says has committed police brutality and racist policing, as well as the appointment of a special prosecutor for the Garner case.
Bratton has not yet commented on the “White Lives Matter” campaign.
Bratton, whose office declined to comment on the group’s tweets, is under fire for his handling of the Garner shooting.
Earlier this month, an independent report found that the New York Police Department used excessive force in its response to Garner’s death, including using excessive force on him, throwing him to the ground and using a Taser on him.
An internal NYPD investigation found that officers used unnecessary force, violated Garner’s civil rights and violated his constitutional rights when they used deadly force to subdue him.
In April, a federal jury acquitted Bratton on all counts.