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Over 100 supporters rally for Anchorage police officers

Anchorage police officers walk past supporters outside police headquarters on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in downtown Anchorage. According to rally organizer Judy Eledge, over 100 people gathered to show support for the local law enforcement agency. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Word spread Thursday of a rally to support the Anchorage Police Department, but not over social media. “We didn’t put it on Facebook, we didn’t want any counter-protesters,” said organizer Judy Eledge. By her count, over 100 people showed up to support the officers during a shift change outside the downtown headquarters.

“We’ve got a lot of friends,” she said. “There is a silent majority.”

Anchorage Police deputy chief Kenneth McCoy fist bumps a supporter outside Anchorage Police headquarters on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in downtown Anchorage. According to rally organizer Judy Eledge, over 100 people gathered to show support for the local law enforcement agency. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Anchorage police officers walk past supporters outside police headquarters on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in downtown Anchorage. According to rally organizer Judy Eledge, over 100 people gathered to show support for the local law enforcement agency. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Anchorage police officers walk past supporters outside police headquarters on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in downtown Anchorage. According to rally organizer Judy Eledge, over 100 people gathered to show support for the local law enforcement agency. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

A few politicians joined the supporters, including Anchorage state Sen. Josh Revak and Rep. Laddie Shaw, both Anchorage Republicans. Some of the supporters waved thin blue line flags, and many held homemade signs and American flags.

The rally did attract at least one counter-protester, Deven Jackson, who drove by shouting, “Stop killing people.” He later came by on foot to denounce the rally, telling the handful of remaining supporters, “Police lives cannot matter until black lives matter.”

Thursday’s rally comes after large protests against racism and police brutality swelled across the state earlier this month.

Deven Jackson confronts a supporter of the Anchorage Police Department after a pro-police rally on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in downtown Anchorage. “Police lives cannot matter until black lives matter,” said Jackson. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

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