‘Back the Blue’ demonstrators rallied outside the Connecticut capitol in Hartford on July 23 against proposed legislation that would require mental health assessments for police and end qualified immunity, among other accountability measures.
Local reports said that hundreds of police officers and supporters gathered in Hartford.
The ‘Back the Blue’ rally was planned for 10 am on Thursday, opposing LCO NO. 3471, “an act concerning police accountability,” which police unions say legislators are considering without police input, reports said. A digital flyer for the rally said that the new bill would “strip Connecticut officers of the ability to serve and protect” and would “put the safety of the police and the public more at risk.”
Executive Director of the Connecticut State Police Union Andrew Matthews said, “This bill has the flavor of punishment for law enforcement. It seems to be the national trend,” local media reported.
This video shows participants holding a thin blue line flag on Thursday in Hartford. Other demonstrators were seen wearing the emblem on T-shirts. Credit: Alexa Oquendo via Storyful