ROCHESTER, NY December 6, 2014
A pro-police rally to support and honor the police, first-responders, and fallen officers was slated to start just an hour ago in downtown Rochester. The event was cancelled last evening after members of fallen Officer Pierson’s family were threatened with murder if they show up at the rally today. The priest who was also set to preside over the dedication received death threats as well.
Local WHAM 1180 news-radio host and journalist Bob Lonsberry organized the event, and details the events leading up to the cancellation in his report today stating that,
“Almost immediately, the folks from the activist churches and college campuses, along with at least a few Democrat officeholders, began moving publicly and privately to get the rally cancelled.
When polite didn’t work, the effort went impolite.
A man posted on Facebook that I had scheduled a Ku Klux Klan rally and that it had to be stopped. Before many hours had passed, the Catholic priest who had agreed to be the spokesman for the rally received two death threats, and a sister of Daryl Pierson, the police officer killed in September, wrote me: “RPD just called my brother and said that snitches told them that if any Piersons showed up tomorrow we will be killed.”
Then the liberal ministers said that the event had to be stopped because it was divisive, that I was trying to rip the community apart.
Then the lieutenant governor called.
And the union president called.
But I didn’t take his call, because he never takes mine.
Word, nonetheless, got passed that the chief of police and the president of the police union wanted me to cancel the pro-police rally. At the same time, we had a priest and a dead cop’s brother believing people were out to kill them.
Of course, the whole thing was just a pressure job, a battle for influence in the community, an effort by the people who run Rochester to silence any divergent voices.”
In the meantime, 13WHAM reporter, Cody Combs reports that a local leader of the anti-police protests, Rev. Marlowe Washington, a pastor for the Christ Human Church claims that Lonsberry “had a motive, a very strong motive,” and that “nobody is really against police in that manner, we do support our police personnel… what we’re against is excessive police force.”
This afternoon, Lonsberry did march alone- to all of the planned stops during the rally and documented his progress via Twitter for all of his followers to see.
The community remains puzzled and saddened that this celebration was cancelled by city leaders in what quite obviously coddles the agitators of the continued racially charged protests against local law enforcement agencies- thinly veiled as an attempt to prevent further violent acts.
One would-be participant and sister of an officer stated via email this morning that “it’ just seems like they don’t care about what they give up day in and day out to keep everyone safe- putting their personal well-being at risk to serve the community selflessly – even in the face of such rabid hatred of officers as of late. They really don’t care. It’s awful. We can’t even honor the first-responders we’ve lost in the past several years.”
Please view the slideshow to see the live updates from Bob Lonsberry’s tribute to Rochester’s heroes.
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