A Cornell University professor charged that the Fraternal Order of Police is “a terrorist organization” at a Black Lives Matter protest in Ithaca, New York on Friday.
The protest was in response to the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, reports The Ithaca Voice.
Castile was shot by a police officer on Wednesday in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — 1,074 miles from Ithaca. Sterling was shot by a police officer on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — 1,395 miles from Ithaca.
The professor is Russell Rickford.
“The Fraternal Order of Police is a terrorist organization,” Rickford said during the protest, according to the Voice. He was countering an unidentified protester who suggested a letter-writing campaign to various law enforcement agencies about Black Lives Matter.
Rickford, a history professor who “specializes in the black radical tradition,” declared that the situation in America today calls for a much more radical response.
“We charge genocide,” Rickford said, and he presented the definition of genocide as proffered by the United Nations.