MSNBC Some Police Departments Take Welcoming Approaches to Protests

Pittsburgh police on bicycles block traffic from demonstrators protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. as they lay in the street during march through Pittsburgh on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh police on bicycles block traffic from demonstrators protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. as they lay in the street during march through Pittsburgh on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Zachary Roth – MSNBC

The ongoing rift between New York police officers and Mayor Bill de Blasion continues to roil the nation’s largest city. And nearly 1,000 miles away, last week saw more angry clashes between protesters and St. Louis police.

But away from the major hot-spots of tension, some police departments and law enforcement officials have more quietly taken a different approach. In Nashville, police have served protesters hot chocolate instead of arresting them. Pittsburgh’s police commissioner called for a dialogue on poverty and racial injustice. And in Richmond, California, the police chief even joined protesters on the barricades.

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