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Chico community rallies to support law enforcement

Nearly 200 people showed up in Chico for the national “Back the Blue” rally Saturday morning.

Posted: Jul 19, 2020 10:56 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 12:02 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Nearly 200 people showed up in Chico for the national movement “Back the Blue” rally Saturday morning.
People gathered at City Hall in downtown Chico at 11 a.m.

Organizer Nichole Nava spoke over a loudspeaker during the rally on bringing people together and community policing.
“We’re not silent,” said community member Suzanne Brayton.

Flying both American and altered flags, demonstrators gathered Saturday morning to peacefully show their support for law enforcement.

“What happened to George Floyd is horrible. It should never happen to anyone, but I just want them to know that people in our community that are so thankful that they are there,” said Chico community member, Wendy Wells. “I feel right now that people across the country are not getting the support they’re being vilified," she added.

Nava said ‘Back the Blue’ rally was renamed to ‘Bridge the Blue.’

“Back the Blue may make it feels like it’s us against them that’s not why they threw that up. It's just support, is what "back" meant, so they realized that might be harmful to some folks to hear that -- so they twisted the message just a bit to “Bridge the Blue”--  meaning we can all be together we can all be heard we can all make this a wonderful community together,” said Nava.

People lined up down the streets holding signs that say, ‘We appreciate Chico PD,’ all while wearing masks and social distancing.

“I am thankful that we’re out here supporting it and it is nationwide because, like I said, the men and women that stand between us and chaos need to know that they’re supported,” said Wells.

Action News Now spoke with a Chico Police Department officer off-camera. He said he appreciates everybody that came out for the Bridge the Blue rally.

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