Plattsburgh rally held to support law enforcement

Published: Jul. 12, 2020 at 7:13 PM EDT
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Upward of 300 people attended a rally in Plattsburgh Sunday to voice support for law enforcement and the U.S. military.

Randy Tedford, the main organizer, says that after the many Black Lives Matter protests condemning police brutality, it was time to host an event supporting local law enforcement.

"We just basically feel like law enforcement doesn't get the accolades that it needs or it deserves," he said. "Basically, we can't say our side of the story for more or less, so I think things like this show that actually people do have the backs of the blue in law enforcement and military at that, as well."

Organizers said they expected a smaller event, and had no idea that the line of cars in the protest would stretch nearly a mile -- from the Champlain Centre, past City Hall to Veterans Park, where the rally was held.

"We need to make clear that we will always stand up for our law enforcement who are part of law and order and part of what makes this country great," said Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, one of the guest speakers.

Other speakers and attendees stressed they do not support law enforcement who abuse positions of power, but added those who do, shouldn't take away from the men and women who protect and serve their communities with fairness and respect.

"There's a few bad apples in every bunch -- police included -- and they wean themselves out. But to label everybody a bad cop is going in the wrong direction," said Tom Kurz, a rally attendee.

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