CHICAGO, IL– On Wednesday, September 16th, hundreds of people gathered for a “Back the Blue” rally in Chicago to support the police.
Sporting “thin blue line” flags, and other pro-police gear, the large crowd of people gathered in Jefferson Park to show their unwavering support of law enforcement.
— ╭⇠ N_Y✨✨✨⇠ (@NyNy45634080) September 18, 2020
It was no surprise however, that a small group of people stood on the other side of the police barricade to counter-protest.
Monica Barsamo, a wife and mother of police officers, told WLS:
“The numbers are proving that there are more people who support and love the police, and value the service they provide our communities,”
All LEO families and supporters know how hard it is on a regular basis protecting and serving, with long hours, rotating schedules, and of course the fear of not knowing if they will return at the end of their shift.
In the last several months, the coronavirus and violent riots have made those everyday challenges all the more difficult.
Many officers have spent more time at work than at home, running on very little sleep, and taking on assaults from all angles.
Chicago 'Back the Blue' rally in Jefferson Park draws hundreds of supporters – Liz Nagyhttps://t.co/ScXpVOeoIQ
— George Kocan (@GeorgeKocan) September 18, 2020
Back the Blue supporter Joe Carr said:
“There’s a lot of stuff going on with hatred to the police,
“killing the police, hurting the police when they’re out there protecting the safety of the public.”
Back the Blue events are part of an Act for America grassroots campaign that helps local communities organize events to support their local law enforcement agencies.
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Here is more on “Back the Blue” rally’s taking place all across the country.
SIOUX FALLS, SD– On Saturday, a group of people organized a “Back the Blue” rally by coming together to show their dedicated support for law enforcement.
The Sioux Falls Area Back the Blue Rally started just about 17 minutes ago. Sidewalks along Minnesota Ave. by the Law Enforcement Center are filled with people showing support. Hear from them tonight on @keloland. #KELONews pic.twitter.com/w9MWDc8PEA
— KELOLaurenS (@KELOLaurenS) August 8, 2020
According to a report from KELO, there was a large turnout as people lined the sidewalks by the Law Enforcement Center with American flags and thin-blue line flags showing support for their law enforcement officers.
Along the street, signs being held high above supporters’ heads read, “We Back the Blue” and “Defend the Police.” Organizers of the rally also started a fundraiser to buy supplies for the Sioux Falls law enforcement department.
Ashley Dickerson, a proud participant of the rally said:
“My dad’s a former police office and I have some other friend that are law enforcement in that area. So, this it the least I can do to, or most I can do to say, ‘hey, thank you for protecting everybody.'”
In states from coast to coast, people are organizing “Back the Blue” rallies to show their unwavering support for law enforcement. Over the weekend, a “Back the Blue” rally in Massachusetts saw a record turn out.
According to a report by 22News, the rolling rally began in Wilbraham and ended in Hampden. The organizer, Richard Howell said in a statement:
“I think it’s important for every free citizen to get up and support their local police departments, support their own rights. Get involved in your school districts, get involved in your own local municipal governance.”
Howell also told 22news that Thursday night’s turnout was on of the largest they have ever seen.
On Sunday, hundreds of “Back the Blue” supporters rallied in front of Seattle’s City Hall to show their strong support for law enforcement. This important rally took place the day before the City Council is to vote on whether to “defund the police” or not.
Chanting “SPD” at Seattle City Hall. Huge turnout. People keep coming. pic.twitter.com/a55htOl6FA
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020
Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of City Hall proudly holding signs that said, “Protect our Police” and “True to the Blue.” One woman, who showed up in support for the police said:
“Just because we need more social programs does not mean we need to defund the SPD. We can have both. We can fund the SPD, fund crime protection, and fund law enforcement.”
The turnout for the pro-police rally was large, with local news reporting on it:
Large rally in support of SPD outside Seattle City Hall pic.twitter.com/2Tddxz0lh4
— Amy Moreno (@AmyMorenoNews) August 9, 2020
Another supporter, Heather Mullen said:
“Totally opposed to defunding the police. It would be a completely reckless thing to do. We need law and order, that’s how society works. You have to have law and order.”
‘The Silent, Ignored Majority’ Hundreds are outside the Seattle City Hall right now, holding a Back the Blue rally and chanting in support of the Seattle Police Department #Seattle #seattleprotest #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/igCuBdpMqQ
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 9, 2020
Barbara, another supporter said:
“Support them 100 percent all the way. Whatever few bad apples there are, I know that they are just as upset about it as any of us.”
According to Q13 Fox, the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG) has so far collected 150,000 signatures to stop the defunding of SPD.
Peter Esquinasi, a supporter of the rally said:
“To persecute police nationwide over the mistake of one person and to push a complete leftist agenda is going too far.”
Another supporter, DeeDee Beddow said:
“I don’t think we can have a civil society without them. I love them. I wanted my daughter to see firsthand the support that we have here and I just want to support them with all my heart.”
Over the weekend, in California, hundreds of people marched from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills to show their love for the United States. A group of 200 people began gathering around 1 p.m. and by 2 p.m., that number grew to over 400.
The event was organized by the Walk Away Foundation. Their website reads:
“#WalkAway Foundation is dedicated to pushing back on the radical Left. We will no longer tolerate the destruction of property and lives, the villianization of law enforcement, and the weaponization of tragedies. Our silence as been our consent! It is time for the Silent Majority to become UNSILENT!”
The Walk Away Campaign organized this event to:
“Show the radical Left that they do not own America’s streets and that our country is filled with kind, loving, big-hearted Americans of every race, religion, background, and creed.”
During the rally, demonstrators carried “Trump 2020” banners, American flags, and signs saying “United we Stand.”
With your support, we won’t stop at Beverly Hills! Together we can RESCUE AMERICA!
— #WalkAway Campaign (@RealWalkAway) August 9, 2020
The Walk Away Foundation also hosted a rally in Los Angeles earlier in the day and Brandan Straka, the campaign founder said that the rally was astounding, historical, and epic.
— #WalkAway Campaign (@RealWalkAway) August 8, 2020
Straka said of marchers:
“This is absolutely incredible because as we have watched for months our cities, our states, and our country are being demolished and destroyed. Feeling outnumbered, feeling demoralized, feeling like we were completely outnumbered, but look at this…these people are energized. These people are ready.”
Hey Bill #WalkAway is proud to accept Trump supporters & right wingers into our family, but we are not a right wing or a Trump movement. We are an anti-left movement whose only requirement for membership is a rejection of leftist hate & dogma & a quest for truth, civility & logic https://t.co/HLW4fC02Hl
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) August 9, 2020
People all over the country are defending their law enforcement officers and as these rallies show, they are not afraid to share their support. They want their local officers to know that there are people fighting for them.
Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about a “Back the Blue” rally in Tampa:
Editor note: When searching for mainstream media coverage of the Back the Blue rally, we found very little. Much of the footage we found referred to participants as “counter protestors”. Sadly, that didn’t come as a surprise to us.
Let’s make sure to circulate images that the media seems to conveniently ignore.
TAMPA, FL – A different kind of rally took place on Saturday in Tampa, this time in support of law enforcement.
The event was planned in order to show some much needed support to police in the area. There seem to be events like this planned on different days all over the area.
It was reported that there were a few clashes with Black Lives Matter protesters, but overall it went well and was safely done.
The event started at 11am in front of the police department at 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. They marched to the intersection of intersection of Dale Mabry Highway, where they apparently ran into Black Lives Matter protesters.
— Bloomingdale Patch (@BloomdalePatch) June 14, 2020
Authorities said that the groups became loud and tried to “outshout” each other, but there was thankfully no physical violence between the groups.
The Back the Blue protesters reported the positive and supportive atmosphere among their group.
Next Saturday, another Back the Blue rally is scheduled for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Officer at 10750 Ulmerton Rd in Largo.
The event description for that day is:
“Our one and only mission is to show the wonderful law enforcement officers that we support them, and that we are thankful and grateful for what they do.
Some powerful pictures from Tampa when “Back the Blue” rally collided with black lives matters protesters.
Courtesy of Ashley Dieudonne and Javier Ortiz. pic.twitter.com/jkRmOwNZhg
— Not Joel Franco (@dezadoesnews) June 14, 2020
“We are trying to get everyone together in different counties to show their support at the same time. We have Pasco county involved too. We would love everyone to get together in front of their local Law Enforcement Department, and show the Law Enforcement Officers our support. We will be updating what counties will be involved in this event.
“This is a ‘Rally of support!’ Not a protest.
“If you have any questions please feel to contact an administrator of this page. We will be adding more administrators as more counties become involved.
“Thank you for your support for Law Enforcement.”
With how dangerous and violent the likes of Black Lives Matter and Antifa have shown themselves to be, and obviously with how anti-police they are, this large group of people coming together to support the men and women of law enforcement is no small show of love.
In Washington DC, another Back the Blue event was held. There, people marched from the National Mall to the law enforcement memorial, which is meant to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and which was vandalized by rioters.
A black man lead the pack for that march, saying on a loudspeaker that President Trump has “bent over backwards” for the black community, and said he does not support Black Lives Matter, as he says they are a hate group and are “just like Antifa.”
Another powerful message from Saturday’s “We Back Blue” march in DC.
— Jenn Pellegrino OAN 🇺🇸 (@JennPellegrino) June 14, 2020
The man also declared to white liberals:
“You are a black man’s worst enemy.”
He said white liberals encourage black people to terrorize and destroy their own neighborhoods.
— MHR Racing (@MhrRacing) June 13, 2020
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Thanks to everyone who attended or sent prayers for our heroes in blue!
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