- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pro-police protesters plan to gather in front of New York City Hall next week in support of the NYPD, as demonstrators continue to rally against alleged police brutality by the department.

A flier circulating on social media asks people to assemble Dec. 19 in front of City Hall in lower Manhattan from 5 p.m. to midnight, BuzzFeed reported.

Promotional materials for the event have included the hashtags #ThankYouNYPD and #BlueLivesMatter. A Facebook page promoting the event had received more than 14,000 likes by Thursday afternoon. An event page for the rally had received just over 200 RSVPs.

A spokesman with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association told BuzzFeed News that the union had not been contacted by organizers for the event.

“We don’t know who is running this rally,” the spokesman said. “We don’t know if this is legitimate. We’ve never seen a rally from 5 to midnight, and this is giving us concern.”

He told BuzzFeed that the union was worried the rally could be the work of “professional agitators.”

The Facebook page’s creator, who said he is not an event organizer, told BuzzFeed that the rally is a “collaborative effort amongst citizens who appreciate the job these men and women do.”

He also insisted the rally has nothing to do with race, asking “Aren’t there black police officers?”

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