'They Fight What We Fear': Thousands Attend 'Sea of Blue' Rally to Support Police
911 dispatcher Mary Jo Graves joined Steve Doocy on "Fox and Friends" this morning to discuss starting the "Sea of Blue" rally to support law enforcement.
Graves explained that she was tired of all the anti-cop protests, so she started a spur-of-the-moment "Sea of Blue" Facebook page.
She hoped that 100 people would show up to the rally at Cleveland's Public Square on Dec. 27. Instead, she ended up with nearly 5,000 in a massive outpouring of support for police.
"I think the community is tired of the unrest and they were just ready. They're ready to unite with their policemen and it's time," Graves said.
She said the anti-police protests anger her because she works with the people who put their lives in danger every day.
"They're the ones running to the calls that everybody else runs away from," she said. "They fight what we fear."
Graves added there will be another "Sea of Blue" rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 17.
The peaceful rally was in response to recent anti-police protests led by demonstrators angered by the killings of young black males by white officers. That includes the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, killed when investigators say the officer thought he was pulling a real gun out of his waistband that turned out be an airsoft pistol.
Rally organizers voiced a clear message that blue lives matter and that all lives matter. “It should never be race based. Underneath that skin you got the same person no matter who they are and if you would treat them the way you would want to be treated, it would make a big difference,” retired Cleveland Police Officer Vonetta Fountain said.
From Public Square, the honor guard led a silent march to the Greater Cleveland Police Officers’ Memorial. Their solemn walk coincided with the funeral of one of the two New York police officers killed last week. “Demonstrators in New York chanted what we want: dead cops. When do we want it? Now. That was disgraceful and utter disrespect of our authority and our men and women in blue,” Nick Gresko, brother of fallen police officer Jason Gresko said.
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