NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — Cleveland’s Public Square hosted several thousand police officers for the Sea of Blue support rally Saturday.
Several local police officers who made the trip to show their support spoke out about why they were going.
“Police lives matter, just as everybody’s life matters, and I think more people need to support them and see the job they do every day, how they risk their lives,” said Jennifer Storm, a supporter.
The rally included speakers, bag pipers and a silent march through downtown.
This event is seen as an answer to some violent protests after high-profile police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and Cleveland.
Supporters and officers from across the Valley organized carpools to make the trip.
“Yes, Warren Township Fire, going up there to support my brothers in arms. Police are out there to protect you. Police are there for your protection, and the same with fire and EMS. We are there to help you, not to hurt you,” said Joe Natale, a supporter.
The supporters say they hope the national dialogue between police and the communities they serve calms down.
“I hope that people realize that the police are doing their job out there. People just need to obey the law,” said Jennifer Storm, a supporter. “I really wish for peace.”
Retired Warren Police Sgt. Joe O’Grady said the rally was a powerful experience.
“There’s other officers and people who believe in us, and that’s what this is all about. We need a little support at times, even though police officers are the toughest guys in the world sometimes we need a little nudge, a little tap on the shoulder that someone says, we believe in you,” said retired Warren Police Sgt. Joe O’Grady.