The Blue Lives Matter movement organized a peaceful demonstration on Sunday, Aug. 30, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, attended by a crowd of people in defense of police forces, demanding law and order after violent demonstrations that generated chaos, destruction and more deaths during the last week after the shooting of Jacob Blake.
The peaceful rally was held in the same place where a few days earlier hundreds of demonstrators with Black Lives Matters signs gathered to destroy and loot stores, set fires, and promoted hatred toward the police. Two people were killed during the riots, Fox News reported.
This time the attendees wore blue clothing and the posters read Blue Lives Matter. Their message was the complete opposite of what was seen during last week’s chaotic call for the abolition of the police. Now the demonstration was peaceful and orderly, posing support for the police, who must ensure law and order.
According to Fox News, people in attendance on Sunday signed petitions calling for the removal of Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, both Democrats, who are accused by protesters of defending violent movements or at least not doing anything to stop them. They also added messages of support on handwritten banners seeking to thank the police for their work and encourage them to continue doing so.
Neon Nettle published some conversations that a local media had with the protesters on Sunday who expressed their ideas regarding their support for the police. “There are people that support police officers. I think that genuinely they care about us and that they’re here to help people,” said Chris Eakins, one of the organizers.
“I support this cause. I support the notion that black lives do matter; however, I don’t support the organization Black Lives Matter. I don’t support the burning, looting, and rioting of our hometowns.”
During the protests, President Trump expressed his absolute repudiation and offered quick and effective assistance to Evers. In a Twitter message Trump said, “We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)”
We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020
On Wednesday of last week, federal reinforcements arrived in Kenosha and calm returned to the streets. President Trump wrote about the success of the work done by the police forces in ensuring that the violence was completely eliminated. He also took the opportunity to insist to that the Portland government must accept federal aid if it wants to restore law and order to its streets.
Success: Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there has been NO FURTHER VIOLENCE, not even a small problem. When legally asked to help by local authorities, the Federal Government will act and quickly succeed. Are you listening Portland?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2020