Rally held to support police at Clark Park

The second-half of 2014 will be remembered for the tensions between police and the public.

There were several protests across the nation after two unarmed black men died at the hands of white police officers.

A different kind of public rally was held Wednesday - one to honor police officers.

Jesse Gonzales wants to spread a message of love. 

He organized a support rally for police officers at Clark Park in Detroit to let them know there are people who care.

"When they put their badge on, when they step out that door, I want them to feel pride in themselves," Jesse Gonzales said.

The march comes after two New York police officers were gunned down in Brooklyn this month and backlash against law enforcement after two unarmed black men were killed by white police officers

"They call us, public safety, when they're in trouble - they don't call the bad guy," said Steve Dolunt, assistant Detroit police chief. "To have people coming out, especially in the city of Detroit to support us, it makes me feel good."

Although many felt it was important to support their police, there are some in community who feel otherwise.

One group came to Clark Park with  a very different message..

"Cleanse this area there is some ignorant toxic energy that just entered the park moments ago," said a member of the group to other members.

They would not share their message with FOX 2, but one person was critical of the police.

"There's more injustice being done - like Mike Brown," Diamond Palmer said. "If we were to call 911 it would take them 20 minutes to get there. But in white neighborhoods it would take five minutes.

"Why should we support you when you don't help support the community."

But organizers say they want the focus to be love.

"Love is everywhere and we have to spread it," Gonzales said. "Instead of spreading this hate."
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