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“Back the Blue” demonstrations that support law enforcement are increasing across the country, and BLM has begun to hold counter-protests. There hasn’t been violence; yet. I worry that these supporters for police officers will be shut down, however, if we don’t stay vigilant.
Do you know about Back the Blue? Citizens all over the country are organizing and demonstrating their support for law enforcement. From my research, I was able to identify at least a dozen protests in the last month: Tavares, FL; Springfield, MS; Pima County, AZ; Jupiter, FL; Jensen Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Palm City, FL; Brooklyn, NY; Jacksonville, FL; Omaha, NE; Los Angeles, CA; Plattsburgh, NY and Parkland, FL. Attendance ranged from a couple of hundred to 2,000 people. The earlier protests in June met little to no resistance. As soon as Back the Blue began to become more visible and better attended, BLM decided it needed to show up. Although some of the encounters were tense, there have been no violent incidents that I could identify.
Those who have attended the Back the Blue rallies have been thoughtful and clear about their mission:
‘With everything going on right now, I’ve seen so many cops and deputies afraid about going to work and worry about what’s going to happen to them and that’s really sad. But not every officer is bad,’ [Holly]Sams said. ‘It’s a pretty big deal for me personally and I know there are people out there who also want to uplift these law enforcement agencies so they can see how many people still support them.’
In Jensen Beach, FL , Donna Forte, daughter of former NYC police officer—
I believe all cops shouldn’t be treated the same as one bad apple. I think we should keep funding the police because we need them to protect all lives, black lives do matter but so do all lives. And without cops how will we protect everyone?
LAPD Commander Ruby Flores (thanking the organizers)–
It is a time in our history that we need this more than ever. We need to always identify and remove bad cops while SIMULTANEOUSLY lifting up and thanking the good cops,’ Flores wrote on Twitter. ‘It’s not a one or the other.’
The importance of these protests and our support of those who attend them are critical in these times. These rallies aren’t just a meaningless gesture; they represent all of us who believe in the rule of law and the necessity of having well-trained and reliable law enforcement. I expect to see an increase in BLM protests and violence at Back the Blue demonstrations, as the number of participants and rallies grow and their voices are heard.
We must acknowledge that law enforcement is our last bastion against violence and chaos.
To complicate the situation, police officers are retiring in droves. In New York City alone, 503 officers filed for retirement between May 25 and July 3. Due to the volume, the department has set a limit on the number of retirement filings that can be made per day.
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One organization that has backed Back the Blue is ACT for America, which Brigitte Gabriel began many years ago in response to terrorism. She was a Christian born in Lebanon, and from the age of 10 to 17 years, she lived in an underground bomb shelter. The website provides free downloads for the accouterments for Back the Blue rallies.
Brigitte Gabriel knows what it means to live in an unfree society. Maybe we should follow her lead in fighting for America.
The future of a free America is on the line.Published in