DENVER — A pro-police rally takes place this weekend at civic center park.
Organizer Ron MacLachlan says the rally Sunday all came about for one very specific reason: His kids.
It takes place Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Governor John Hickenlooper issued a proclamation declaring July 19 as 2015 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Colorado. Events will be at the north end of Civic Center Park at the Voorhies Memorial.
The businessman said it’s about bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community so we don’t become the next Ferguson or Baltimore.
For MacLachlan it was a conversation that began in April as video of police shootings and accusations of misconduct played out across the country.
A conversation that continued as the streets of Baltimore turned from protests into days long riots.
MacLachlan’s children are teenagers. “I asked them how they felt about the police just out of curiosity.”
It was a conversation MacLachlan quickly realized needed to be turned from words into action.
“I thought rather than having a conversation with these guys and sitting on the couch and continuing that to show them what the police mean to me,” he said.
That’s when he marched down to city hall and applied for a permit to host a pro-police rally.
“If we can get the community and the police to work together, we won’t be Baltimore and its got to start somewhere,” he said.
It’s a lesson, not just for his kids, but for the entire community.
“Police are there to help us not hurt us, said MacLachlan’s son, 13-year-old Aidan.
“These are people, they are not drones, this isn`t Robocop. They get up every single day and leave their family, they put on their uniform, they put on their badge, they put on their gun and they go out and they get in front of all of our chaos every single day,” MacLachlan said.
A message to the men and women in law enforcement and to the people they serve. “That we are just beginning, that this has to go more than just one day in the park, that we have a relationship with the police for a reason,” he said.