- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Two people interrupted a moment of silence meant to honor slain police officers at Democrats’ convention Thursday, shouting “black lives matter” as the rest of the thousands assembled were quiet.

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, whose city was the scene of the ambush that left five police officers dead and seven wounded earlier this month, asked for the moment of silence.

After things quieted down, a man interrupted with the “black lives matter” shout, and a woman then interjected herself.

After the moment of silence, family members of officers recently slain took to the stage to recount their relatives’ lives and sacrifices.

The relatives received a standing ovation from the delegates.

Recent mass shootings have pushed law and order to the top of the political debate — but Republicans and Democrats approach it very differently. The GOP paid homage to the police shot in two ambushes by anti-cop assailants, while Democrats spent the first three days of their convention focusing on victims who died at the hands of police.

Later, as dozens of generals, admirals and young veterans took to the stage to endorse Mrs. Clinton, followed by an Army captain who received the Medal of Honor, Sanders supporters chanted “No more war” and held up their hands in peace signs.

Clinton delegates shouted back at them, and some of the confrontations became tense.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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