Salt Lake City, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah Business Revival hosted a “Blue Rally” to support men and women of law enforcement and Utah’s small businesses. Meanwhile, a rally in support of defunding the police took place in the same area Saturday in Salt Lake City.
Eric Moutsos, a former motors officer at SLCPD organized the ‘Blue Rally’ event.
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“We are asking for police chiefs and sheriffs from around the state, especially Salt Lake City Police Chief, Mike Brown, to join us in solidarity as we gather to support law enforcement,” Moutsos said. “Chief Brown, along with the department he leads, faced the daunting task of safeguarding our streets during protests and riots where the participants loudly voiced their disdain for our police.”
Those who attended were asked to wear blue attire to show their support for law enforcement officers nationwide, who daily risk everything to defend lives and property in the communities they serve. Moutsos said the growing demand to defund or even disband law enforcement agencies is troubling, at best.
“Can you imagine an American society that is forced to gain control of its streets using National Guard units and other members of the armed forces?,” said Moustos. “Is that the objective of rioters? To create division to the point where the overwhelming majority of good cops see no solution but to resign, leaving us in a perpetual state of martial law? Do they not understand that the government will quell violent uprisings using the military, which, in the end, will cost more lives, including black lives?”
Moustos said the Facebook group, Utah Business Revival, has more than 18,500 members. For those wanting to attend, he asks you to watch the Facebook announcement for further instruction and to please remember, this is a non-violent rally where all attendees are asked to respect those with social distancing.
Attendees were also encouraged to purchase food from SLC establishments and bring it to the event.
Moustos reminded others that 21 officers were injured in the riots. “This cannot stand without us showing our utmost gratitude.”
The ‘Defund the Police/Blue Rally Counter-Protest’ was held at the same time.
On the group’s Facebook page organizers said, “We need Salt Lake City to focus on investing in our community, not in a militarized police force. Social workers, rehab, and housing will all make for a better society.”
The Facebook group organizing the defund police protest added, “Continued oppression by an unjust system will just further exacerbate our current paradigm.”
The group says planned the protest to counter-protest the Blue Rally. They say they ‘want to reinforce the racist policing system’.