IN THE NEWS: Rallies supporting police on the rise

BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 17, 2015 Updated: Sept. 18, 2015 8:17 a.m.

More than 100 people show their support for law enforcement by waving flags and holding sign during a pro-police rally at the Eastvale Gateway shopping center Thursday in Eastvale. TERRY PIERSON, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

More than 100 people show their support for law enforcement by waving flags and holding sign during a pro-police rally at the Eastvale Gateway shopping center Thursday in Eastvale.

TERRY PIERSON, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Amid protests around the country of police brutality in the past year and the debate over race relations by law enforcement, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos wondered why there were no marchers demanding an end to attacks on officers.

Ramos is now getting his wish.

In what could be considered a backlash against the backlash, individuals and groups are making gestures big and small to show their appreciation for law enforcement in the Inland Empire and nationwide.

Just as the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 rekindled minorities’ long-smoldering feelings of oppression at the hands of law enforcement, the shooting death of a Houston officer last month apparently only because he wore a badge has caused those who have quietly supported cops to raise their voices.

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