‘Back the blue’ crowds continue to rally in support of cops – even as the media ignores it (op-ed)

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BALTIMORE, MD – It’s amazing how the media will often show you peaceful protests, ignore violent riots and then downplay ‘back the blue’ events, isn’t it?

Brandon Straka founded the #WalkAway campaign. He and the campaign helped organize a pro-law enforcement event in Baltimore the weekend of July 25th.

That is a refreshing change of pace compared to the protests we see every day aimed at disbanding and defunding law enforcement agencies. These protests often including violence aimed at the officers providing security at the protests.

Photos posted to social media showed that there was a large group of people at the event, and they were carrying American flags and wearing patriotic gear, as they listened to the speakers and entertainers. 

Straka is making no apologies for his pro-police stance. 

The event was held at the Baltimore War Memorial, just a week after Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey, suggested removing another memorial in the city, the memorial to honor fallen officers. There have been 144 men and women lost in the line of duty there. And Dorsey says the memorial needs to go. 

Dorsey’s comments evoked a response from Maryland’s Republican governor.

Larry Hogan tweeted:

“I am disgusted by the vile remarks about removing the public memorial saluting Baltimore’s fallen police officers, which was funded and championed by their family members”

Hogan was not alone in voicing this sentiment.

One of the speakers at the event could potentially have to work with people like Dorsey. Shannon Wright is running for mayor, and if elected, she would be the first Republican to hold that position since 1967. 

Wright said:

“I am the type of leader who recognizes family is the cornerstone of every community,”  

New leadership might be exactly what the city of Baltimore desperately needs. 

And there were people in attendance that either hold or are seeking public office in Maryland. 

It is encouraging to see people take to the streets to support our nation and the men and women of law enforcement. 

One officer, who spoke to Law Enforcement Today on the condition of anonymity said:

“I wish people in Dallas would do what we have seen the past week in New York City and Baltimore and a handful of other places. I would love to be on patrol only to find 1,000 people at  Klyde Warren Park or Thanksgiving Square, waving a Thin Blue Line flag and reminding us that they have out backs. Because the climate we are in now, all I get are cold stares, middle fingers and people wishing some hateful s— on me and my family.” 

When asked his thoughts on those sentiments, he said:

“I never thought I would see that in Texas. I never thought I would be in an environment where the very people who called us are harassing you the entire time that we are answering a call and addressing the situation they called us about. 

It is extremely demotivating to see and hear what is happening in our city, where there is a growing sentiment to defund our department. I know that it is a small segment of Dallas that wants to see that happen. But, where are the people that love and support us? Why haven’t we heard from them, the ‘majority’?” 

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Well, in answer to that question, I would like to point our friend in Texas and every other member of law enforcement to see the video posted below, and read the words between here and there. People have your six…and they are speaking up and taking action. 

“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

We have reached a tipping point in society. Let’s call it what it is – there is a full-blown war on law enforcement.

There are rising calls to defund the police…abolish the police… kill the police. And we’ve all been sitting here silently, trying to figure out what happened… and how it happened so quickly.

Officers signed up to serve and protect. They didn’t sign up to be attacked day after day. And it’s not just the criminals who are attacking them – it’s mayors who are handcuffing them and targeting them for doing their jobs.

There are approximately 850,000 sworn law enforcement officers in America who right now feel alone and under full-scale assault.

Ted Bell is an officer who was wounded in the line of duty. In a recent interview with Law Enforcement Today, he said that the sweetest sound he ever heard was sirens, because he knew “all of my brothers and sisters were coming for me”.

It’s time for law enforcement officers who are under attack to get some backup – and that backup is all of us.

Let’s do some math.

There are approximately 331 million Americans.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.

That’s 285 million of us.

Let’s say Gallup is wrong. Let’s say it’s not the overwhelming majority of Americans that support law enforcement. Let’s say it’s just five percent of Americans that support the police.

That’s 16 and a half MILLION people.

At the height of World War 2, the size of the United States military was approximately 12 million Americans. Our nation became back to back World War Champions… with an army that was 12 million strong. It’s time for us to get back to our roots and build that army of support.

How We’re Fighting Back

We’ve hired dozens of new writers at Law Enforcement Today. Most of them are active, retired or wounded police officers or family members. Their sole job is to bring you the stories of what’s really happening in America.

And we’re putting a team of cinematographers on the road to capture the stories of police officers and patriotic Americans. The stories that the mainstream media often refuses to show you.

Pick your gifts below (click the following link). Sign up for a membership. Perhaps even just get a lawn sign for your house to show your support.

The proceeds will go into expanding our staff of police officers, their families and cinematographers to bring you those untold stories.

We’re also going to start listing all of the Back the Blue Rallies across America for you to attend.

Stop being the silent majority – and be a part of the army that will help save America. You are not alone… but right now, our officers are.

Backup has arrived – and this time, it’s all of us.

~Law Enforcement Today

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