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Things got tense on CNN Monday afternoon when a former federal law enforcement official clashed with a Black Lives Matter activist over the issue of inflammatory, anti-police rhetoric.

"For too long, we have lived in a society that has poured resources, too many resources, into a policing system that creates an unsafe situation, especially in black communities," Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah said. She said the United States allows for the state-sanctioned murder and persecution of African-Americans.

The BLM movement has come under fire recently for some of its participants' heated, anti-police rhetoric, including when activists in September were recorded at a demonstration in St. Paul, Minn., chanting, "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon!"

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