Protestors gather at law enforcement center in Galveston

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale talks with Johnathan Lee and other protesters outside the Galveston Police Department on June 3.

No matter your ideological bent on the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, the images coming from protests around the country have been heartbreaking.

A nation not just divided but shattered. Splintered in such a way that it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard. We have protesters. We have looters. We have pacifiers. We have instigators. We have hugging. We have violence. We have good actors and bad, proper reactions and overreactions.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227; Margaret.Gardner@galvnews.com

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Charles Douglas

This is good when you can get community leaders and city leaders to talk and plan together. Progress is more likely to be had, and things can get done. Reverend Daniels and his Community Reach-Out Team sitting down and partnering with the leaders of the cities of LM & TC could be a model worth exploring by other similar municipalities! I think they have profected a usable tool which is paying dividends! I am proud of our police here , and please don't leave out the firemen! Everytime I see a fireman I walk up to them and thank them. Running into a burning building cannot be all that much fun!

Bailey Jones

There have been protests in over 400 US communities, from the largest to the smallest - not even counting the numerous international protests. It hasn't been widely reported because they have been overwhelmingly peaceful.

The arc of social reform typically goes like this:

step 1) riots

step 2) protests

step 3) political movement

step 4) reform

As long as we follow through on step 4, we won't have to repeat step 1.

Yes, we should be proud of our local protesters. Our job now is to make sure the protesters are proud of us.

Carlos Ponce

Skip Step One.

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