On Monday’s August 10th Sierra Wave newscast, I spoke about the Pro-police Rally held at Bishop City Park over the weekend. It was not well-known that it was going to take place, and that was intentional said rally organizers said. Everything was organized and invitations sent out by text.
Sierra Wave was “invited” around 7:00 p.m. the night before, and as it turned out, we were the only local news media invited. Things got a little delayed in posting the photos from the rally, although I did share them with other news media colleagues unable to be there.
Our invite to the rally came from a local law enforcement official with whom we maintain a good relationship. The text-only invite limited the event to a select few.
We’ll let you in on a little secret, young people today generally don’t text! Their preferred communication is through Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Tic Tok and other social media platforms for mobile device users. The younger generation does not generally use Facebook…and they largely don’t text. As a result, the crowd was composed of mostly older residents, although there were a few younger rally-goers in attendance.
There were about 100 plus pro-police supporters lining the street in front of Bishop City Park waving American flags, Blue Lives Matter flags, and Red Trump flags, poster signs supporting the police, and plenty of evidence that most of the protesters are taking the pandemic seriously by wearing face masks and face coverings.
It was a hot day! Kudos to those that came to the event.
It was also noisy. Not just from the rally-goers shouting out their support to passing cars, but from the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Main Street itself. Motorists were encouraged to “honk if you support the police” on signs and, boy, did they ever! There was lots of waving and “thumbs up.” That should not be surprising. The truth is, recent polls show that most people generally support their local police. And in Bishop, that is certainly true. This is exactly not a hotbed of social unrest.
Some selected “Comments” from those attending the Rally:
- “I’m here because I love my country.”
- “I’m here because I support our police.”
- “I’m here because I worry about the world my children and grandchildren are going to have to live in.”
- “I’m here because I want to thank emergency responders and police, and I am grateful for the work they do.”
- “I’m worried at the ‘lack of respect’ shown to our police. I worry that respect is not being taught at home.”
- “I’m here to support my fellow officers.”
- “I’m here to fight for my country and fight for ‘what we have.’”
- “I support America above all.”
- “We need to ‘calm down.’ We need to understand what police go through almost every day. The abuse, the terrible situations, and conditions they deal with daily. How can it not influence anyone?”
- Interestingly, but not surprisingly, many at the rally also said, “Cops can do better; they are not all bad.”
Sierra Wave thanks the organizers for their invitation and for keeping everyone as safe as possible during the gathering.
It was a successful outing from the standpoint that many people were able to express their support of our local police…and that no one got run over by the ridiculous amount of traffic flowing through town!