(Roll Call) Hundreds of police officers are expected to converge on the Capitol later this month, in a rally planned to show support for law enforcement and counter what organizers view as an anti-police climate.
Three officers' wives are coordinating the Jan. 17 "End the Madness" event, also referred to as "Sea of Blue," in coordination with the Fraternal Order of Police lodges in the District of Columbia and Prince George's County. They say the peaceful action is not really a response to the protests against police-involved killings that have marched through D.C., though their language echoes the "black lives matter" slogan of those demonstrators.
"Our officers' lives — they matter. We need to support them," organizer Kelly Wince said in a Wednesday phone interview. "They walk out the door every day and put their lives on the line." Wince said the "stigma has gotten worse" following criticism of grand jury decisions not to indict officers involved in the deaths of black suspects in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. She claims politicians have not responded, saying, "Nobody came out and said anything when those two officers were shot."
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