- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man is calling on people to join him Friday at a rally to show support for police on the heels of the killings of two New York City police officers.

Organizer Dennis Marchant says he planned the event so the silent majority that appreciates police officers can be heard, KUTV reported (https://bit.ly/1zyh3g9). The rally is scheduled for noon at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

The rally is among dozens of events and gestures going on around the country to demonstrate gratitude for law enforcement. The effort was triggered by Saturday’s killing of the two officers, who were in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

“You never know when something like that could happen to your neighbor, guy down the street somebody you went to school with. That’s just the nature of what’s happening,” Marchant said.

He also wants the event to be a place for people to honor police officers who have been killed in duty so their families feel support during the holiday season.

Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson is asking people to put blue lighted candles in their windows to show support, KUTV reports.

“The blue candle basically for us represents the giving and sharing that has happened,” Richardson said. “Some people have given their life in the line of duty. This is one if those times we look back and reflect.”


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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