CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Police officers were celebrated in downtown Cleveland Saturday as hundreds of supporters showed up for a rally.
"Since our first rally Dec 27, 2014, as of last night there have been 497 officers killed in the line of duty," said Sea of Blue Organizer, Mary Jo Graves.
The rally was organized by the group called "Sea of Blue" and it was held in Public Square with the theme of "enough is enough".
"We give up a lot and we're willing to do it," said retired Westlake police officer, Guy Turner.
"Sea of Blue" first organized back in 2014 as a community group who held a rally during the tension between neighbors and the police after the deadly police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
The group now said they are focused on bringing the community together through various projects and they say they fully support and back the police.
Supporters are remaining optimistic in hopes for a brighter future.
"We want everyone to know that. We want them to know that police are there for them and not against them," said Graves.
At the rally, many family members of police officers spoke about what it was like to have their mother, father, son or daughter out on the front lines of violence and crime every day.