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Back the Blue demonstration takes place in Frankfort

People in Frankfort are joining a national movement backing local law enforcement. A non for profit organization called Bridge The Blue started the movement. Many communities around the country have held demonstrations expressing support for local law enforcement.

Posted: Jul 18, 2020 3:58 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2020 4:28 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"It's all of the turmoil that's going on in our country at this point and time," said Tammy Danner.

Danner organized the local gathering at the city building in Frankfort. She says many people feel like law enforcement officers are not being supported especially during a time when discussions on race are at the fore front.

"I believe we really have to give it more of the objective side of it," said Danner. "We need to look at both sides of the situation and I think that's part of what we are trying to do."

The demonstration started with a prayer and then people heard from Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets. Who said it was important for the community to be present in showing support for local law enforcement.

"We need to let them know that we care," said Sheets. "We honestly care about them and we know what they can do for our community."

After Mayor Sheets spoke the group lined the sidewalk to hold signs that read "Back the Blue." But what does this message about current demonstrations over race say?

"I have to just really stress to the community that without their support these are some dark days for us," said Kelly.

Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly said it's heavy on the hearts of good officers who simply wish to serve and protect the community regardless of race.

"It's pretty narrow minded to lump all of law enforcement into one incident or one thing that has happened or even five things that have happened," said Kelly.

Sheriff Kelly goes on to say that many officers strive to serve and protect. 

"Our officers love our communities or they wouldn't be in them," said Kelly. "They wouldn't do the job that they do. Most of the officers and most of the agencies are underpaid. They do this job for the love serving the community and the people."

For more information on the national non for profit organization click here.

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