POLITICS + GOVERNMENT
“Blue rally” gathers in downtown SLC to support law enforcement
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah Business Revival is hosting a “blue rally” in downtown Salt Lake City to support law enforcement. The rally began around 5 p.m. at 451 South State Street and was organized by private citizens and off-duty first responders.
“Blue rally” extends open invite
Organizer Eric Moutsos, a former motors officer, is inviting police chiefs and sheriffs from around the state to join their group. He says an invite is extended to Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, although he isn’t expected to attend due to prior obligations.
“Chief Brown, along with the department he leads, faced the daunting task of safeguarding our streets during protests and riots where the participants loudly voiced their disdain for our police,” explains Moutsos. “Remember, 21 of our officers were injured in the events of late May. This cannot stand without us showing our utmost gratitude.”
Participants of the law enforcement rally are being asked to wear blue attire in order to show their support for officers nationwide.
Meanwhile, a “defund the police/blue rally counter-protest” is taking place at the same time in Washington Square Park.
Meanwhile, this is literally a couple hundred feet away on the other side of the building…. Back the Blue counter-protest. pic.twitter.com/3N0WxaraJl
— John Wojcik (@JWojcikKSL) June 20, 2020
Organizers say they’re rallying against an unfair system, according to their Facebook event page.
“We need Salt Lake City to focus on investing in our community, not in a militarized police force,” it reads. “Social workers, rehab, and housing will all make for a better society. Continued oppression by an unjust system will just further exacerbate our current paradigm. We are also counter-protesting the Blue Rally, as they want to reinforce the racist policing system. Please join us to show that we will not tolerate the proliferation of a system that perpetuates racism.”
uhh, nevermind… pic.twitter.com/bJzUmxJyhN
— John Wojcik (@wojKSL) June 20, 2020
According to Moutsos, the idea of defunding police is laughable.
“Can you imagine an American society that is forced to gain control of its streets using National Guard units and other members of the armed forces?” he says. “Is that the objective of rioters—to create division to the point where the overwhelming majority of good cops see no solution but to resign, leaving us in a perpetual state of martial law? Do they not understand that the government will quell violent uprisings using the military, which, in the end, will cost more lives—including black lives?”
Here’s a look at the third day of protests demanding justice for Bernardo Palacios, who was killed after being shot in the back when he ran from SLCPD police officers.
Protesters are demanding the report be released to the public. #utpol https://t.co/xCVhVDQXoG
— KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) June 21, 2020
Moutsos and Utah Business Revival were also behind the controversial Collin Raye country concert in southern Utah.
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