More than 200 people showed up to support police officers at a Back the Blue rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday.
The rally was organized by the Facebook group Back the Blue NC, which had 41,510 members as of Monday.
“Given the current state of the union, praise and admiration of our law enforcement officers has been quickly replaced with slander and violent opposition,” the group’s about page read.
Attendee Celia Croff said officers should not be targeted for putting on the uniform every day, adding that their lives matter as much as others.
“People not supporting them, people thinking that they’re all bad people, so it’s time that the community comes out and shows our law enforcement and first responders the support that they need and deserve,” she told CBS 17.