At least 200 people joined together at the east side of the Midtown Mall and held a three-hour rally to support police officers. The rally also drew the approval of hundreds of drivers, who honked their horns in approval and waved as they passed by on the New Seward Highway.
Organized by a loosely knit grassroots network that thrives on Facebook, the pro-law enforcement group was generally upbeat. Attending the rally were Republican candidate for House District 28 James Kaufman and Republican Sen. Mike Shower of Seat E, Wasilla
Also along the block were anti-police Black Lives Matter protesters, about a dozen strong. They chanted “No Justice No Peace” and waved signs, including “Fuck the Police.”
A few times during the dueling rallies there were words exchanged between the groups, such as when one Black Lives Matter squadron leader chanted repeatedly “I can’t breathe!”
“Take off your mask!” the Back the Blue crowd shouted back, helpfully.