NEWTON FALLS (WYTV) — Police officers, their families and friends from around the Mahoning Valley traveled to Cleveland today to take part in the “Sea of Blue” support rally.
The local group left earlier today from Newton Falls.
The rally is meant to show support for police across the state and country.
Organizers and attendees say it’s meant to show a united front with officers and safety forces.
Retired Warren police Sgt. Joe O’Grady was one of the local supporters who made the trip.
He said it’s important that safety workers know they are appreciated.
“We need a little support at times. Even though police officers are the toughest guys in the world, sometimes we need a little nudge,” he said.
The rally is being held the same day slain police Officer Rafael Ramos was laid to rest in New York City.
Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were shot and killed in their police cruiser last week.
Protesters around the country have demonstrated against what they say is abuse of police power and excessive use of force. They cite the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Eric Garner in New York and Tamir Rice in Cleveland as examples.
Thousands of police officers were expected to attend the rally today at Public Square.