CLEVELAND — They called it the Sea of Blue and that’s exactly what it was as thousands packed downtown Saturday to rally for police officers.
They covered Public Square as supporters were not only rallying for the officers killed in the line of duty, but for every officer and even for people killed at the hands of officers.
“I see signs out here that say blue lives matter and you know what they are abso-freakin’-lutely right,” said WTAM host Bob Frantz. “I have also seen signs that say black lives matter and you know what they are abso-freakin’-lutely right.”
After rallying at Public Square the group walked to the Peace Officers Memorial. There were no chants, no slogans, just a silent march.
A couple dozen hopelessly outnumbered anti-police protesters also showed up, but the Sea of Blue speakers actually included some of their concerns in their remarks.
“All lives matter,” said officer Mike O’Neill. “White lives, black lives, everybody’s lives matter. This has been a peaceful show of the silent majority. I think people are just tired of what’s going on around the country.”
“This needed to happen and I’m so glad it happened in Cleveland,” said supporter Angela DidDomenico. “I hope tomorrow it happens in New Orleans or Atlanta.
“I already got an inquiry from a dispatcher in Tennessee who wants to do the same thing in Tennessee,” said organizer Mary Jo Graves.
Rally speakers also addressed the Department of Justice report against Cleveland police saying that it’s a fictional story due to a higher percentage of arrest without the use of force.
“They do a job that most of us are not brave enough to do,” said supporter Grace Leon.
“Police officers will take a bullet for your life and their lives and we need your children to know that,” said Frantz.
According to the group’s Facebook page, they raised more than $20,000 from selling those sea of blue t-shirts and hoodies. They plan to donate that money to the Northeast Ohio Fallen Heroes Fund.
The MSM is complicit in furthering the divide with their one-sided approach, so it’s highly doubtful you’ll see coverage of this event on places like MSNBC or any news media for that matter. It is encouraging to at least see it at a local level and to read that other cities are interested in creating the same type of event is also encouraging. It’s about time the good guys spoke up and this is what we’ve needed since this debacle started. Cleveland alone won’t cut it though – we’re at a point where only massive and widespread counter protests, as well as media coverage will make a difference.
The discouraging side to this story is that we’re at a place in our history where we need a sea of blue protesters to counteract racist tactics at all. It’s been roughly 60 years since we witnessed similar situations, but we figured it out and moved on. There are a few exceptions to this repeat of history though, because the protestors who marched in the streets in the Sixties didn’t smash windows, rob and burn down businesses. The government then wasn’t full of racists pushing their own agenda and they weren’t being advised by race-baiting phony reverends.
The guys in Cleveland used this event to raise money they can donate to a worthy cause – I wonder which charity the anti-police protesters will choose to receive the funds they raise.