Inspired and modeled after rallies including a recent example in Boston, Belmont residents will be meeting in front of Belmont Town Hall at noon on Saturday, Jan. 10 in a show of support for the men and women of the Belmont Police Department.
A rally organizer, who wished not to be named, said the rally is in response to a recent increase in “anti-police rhetoric” and the murder of New York Police Department officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20.
“[I]t is a difficult time for law enforcement and their families and we want them to know that for every person condemning them, there are folks out there who appreciate them too,” the organizer said.
She said last week many officers from Belmont attended the funerals of the slain NYPD officers “and we just felt it would be nice to feel as though they have community support following a difficult time and endeavor.”
“After seeing similar rallies in Dorchester and surrounding towns, we, the organizers, felt that it would be nice for anyone in town to take a moment to show our support for the men and women who keep us safe,” she said.
A march and demonstration seeking change to how law enforcement and the justice system views African-American men was held in Belmont on Dec. 14.
There will be no speakers at the rally and sometime after noon, the group will head for locations residents hold political signs during election times including the Town Common facing the commuter rail tunnel and the intersection of Concord Avenue and Leonard Street.
“We welcome folks to bring signs of support or just [show up],” she said.