Demonstrators carrying signs saying “Blue Lives Matter” marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday in a show of support for police officers who organizers say are not thanked enough for the danger they face in the line of duty, the Washington Post reports. “They feel unsupported,” said Kelly Wince, 52, a wife of a D.C. police officer who organized the march with two other officers' wives. “When they walk out the door, we don't know whether they are coming home. We wanted to let them know we care.” The D.C. march comes weeks after other “Sea of Blue” rallies were staged across the U.S. as a counter to months of demonstrations against police brutality.
Those protests followed the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., and a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. The deaths of Brown, Garner and Tamir Rice in Cleveland prompted a social media movement with slogans “Black Lives Matter” and “I can't breathe,” were Garner's final words before he died on a sidewalk. “Sea of Blue” organizers planned the D.C. march after the assassination-style shootings of New York police officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, as they sat in their patrol car. Shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself, said on social media he wanted to put “Wings On Pigs” to take revenge for the police killings in Ferguson and New York.