This past Saturday we held a Ride and Rally to show support for local law enforcement in Great Falls.
One of the reasons that the ride and rally resonated here is because there are many local law enforcement folks and their families who feel like they’ve been left out of the conversation the last several months.
Saturday’s rally and ride was not a statement against Black Lives Matter or any other organization, but rather a way to show support for the Great Falls Police Department, MHP and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.
I am proud to be a part of this community because of the love, appreciation and support we show on a daily basis for our law enforcement, and all of our great first responders here.
But I am also greatly disappointed and troubled by comments on local social media about the events on Saturday. Here’s an example from the Great Falls Tribune Facebook page on a post about their story before the rally – https://www.facebook.com/greatfallstribune/posts/3340175392685603
Cops don’t deserve a parade?
Our police are ‘nothing but a bunch of murderous thugs’?
Citizens showing up to support our law enforcement is a KKK rally?
Here are a couple of more from a Tribune FB post after the rally – https://www.facebook.com/greatfallstribune/posts/3344495405586935
A White Supremacist Rally? Stupid? Creeping Authoritarianism?
Oh, and here’s one from a charming and intelligent young lady on the KFBB Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/abcfoxmt/posts/3169340393192860
Thankfully these idiotic, hateful, and yes, evil comments and memes do not represent the majority of our citizens sentiments.
But my message to those who spew out this kind of garbage is simple – we don’t want your vile hate in our community.