Cleveland Police to Hold Solidarity Demonstration to Honor Officers on Front Lines, Black Shield Cries Foul


  • Sam Allard / Scene
The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA) announced a #bluesolidarity demonstration to take place Monday at noon. For sixty seconds, local officers are invited to activate their blue lights and either place their hands over their hearts or salute a nearby flag.

"We do this to show our support for our fellow officers, locally and nationally, who are manning the front lines," a CPPA statement read. "We do this for those suffering from the devastation being caused to our community and our law enforcement families."

In a statement, the local Black Shield Police Association, the union representing black officers, said that their organization and the community they serve was not officially notified of the demonstration. (Scene received no official media notification either.)

"We denounce this demonstration as dismissive and divisive," the statement from Black Shield President Vincent Montague read. "Demonstrations like this ... divide safety forces within their ranks and serve only to further marginalize and alienate community members from the same safety forces charged to learn from, guide and protect them.

"This demonstration will impede progress and redirect progressive narratives away from Constitutionally protected community voices attempting to enact critical reforms."

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.