'Sea of Blue' Rally Planned for Saturday in Support of Police


Tomorrow, a concerted pro-police rally will convene at Public Square. The "Sea of Blue" event, organized by a Brooklyn police dispatcher, will act as something of a counterpoint to the weeks of marches against police brutality around Cleveland.

Organizer Mary Jo Graves tells Fox 8: “They don’t go out every day saying, ‘I’m going to take a life today.’ They go out saying, ‘I want to come home.’ They want to come home to their families." 

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, though people will begin gathering as early as 11 a.m. As of Friday morning, more than 4,000 people have signed on to the Facebook event page

The events have sprung up nationwide in the wake of "Black Lives Matter" marches from Cleveland to Ferguson. Gothamist recently covered one of these outings in New York City, revealing tensions amid counter-protests and plenty of that "get a job" rhetoric aimed at those who've been protesting in Cleveland since the Nov. 22 shooting of Tamir Rice. 

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