Dan Dow and law enforcement supporters rally in SLO

August 28, 2020

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

A couple hundred supporters of SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow and local law enforcement rallied Thursday evening outside the San Luis Obispo courthouse and along Monterey Street.

Demonstrators arrived with United States flags, pro-police flag and signs with messages including, “God bless DA Dan Dow,” “we support Sheriff Parkinson,” “we support law and order” and “back the blue.” Some demonstrators wore Trump apparel.

“We’re here because we love all people, don’t we?” Jennifer Grinager said in a brief speech at the beginning of the rally. “We’re not just for black lives. We’re holding up all lives. And that is not a racist thing to say.”

The event began with demonstrators singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance.” After demonstrators walked over to the sidewalk along Monterey Street, numerous drivers honked in support of the crowd while driving by.

A pair of counter-protesters holding Black Lives Matter signs also stood along Monterey Street and engaged in debate with Dow’s supporters. The counter-protesters said they were from the city of Santa Rosa.

Some supporters of Dow and local law enforcement said they reject the claim that systemic racism currently exists in SLO County or in the United States.

Thursday’s event was held two days after supporters of Tianna Arata held a rally demanding that Dow not file charges against the protest leader, whom San Luis Obispo police officers arrested on July 21. Dow is expected to soon announce a decision on whether or not prosecutors will file charges in the case.

Police officers on bicycles stood nearby during much of the event on Thursday.


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Please address the Policies, events and arguments, not the person. Constructive debate is good; mockery, taunting, and name calling is not.


mullyman

Hey Hotdog the reason there may of been fewer people at the rally is that most of the sane people have to work to support their families and if you think harrassing people blocking freeways and disrespecting our flag and using foul language is discussing the issues then God help you


Rambunctious

Wow no mess left behind to clean up…that should distinguish the two groups for everybody….


slowave7

Some supporters of Dow and local law enforcement said they reject the claim that systemic racism currently exists in SLO County or in the United States.


This isn’t a disrespect to police, but-

Cops work a 12 hour shift… and then change out of a uniform,

take off bulletproof vest, un-arm themselves, get paid plenty.


People of color can’t change their skin.

24/7, all day, every day.

Take a moment and imagine what that’s like……

uptight white people.


ml1999

Dear slowave, last I read only about 10 unarmed black men were shot last year by the police, not a lot in a nation of 330 Million. In fact, more unarmed white men were shot. And these numbers have been dropping for at least 10 years.


Don’t commit crimes, don’t resist arrest, follow police officers orders – no matter your ethnicity.


esteroboy

Cops are members of your community. They aren’t bused in.


kettle

“members of your community”

Not necessarily as there is no requirement that they live in the area they work in or participate in the actual community.

So perhaps they don’t take buses, but they commute to work just like everyone else.


It’s just a job, painting the words community, integrity etc on patrol cars and flyers is simple PR.

Ye shall know them by their actions (fruits) or their lack of action (Dan Dow).


ml1999

Risking your life every day is no small sacrifice.


hotdog

Ha Ha Ha. When the two bit law and order people rally all they can get is a few to show. The BLM crowds are much bigger, and better. They discuss real issues that haunt our country instead of waving flags in false corny patriotism.


Side_Show_Bob

Sorry bro….


It’s QUALITY not quantity that counts.


emg3535

Sorry hotdog but Tuesday’s rally at the courthouse had less than 200 people including counter protesters while Thursday’s Dan Dow averaged around 200 and peaked right around 300