Gathering of support for local law enforcement planned in Evansville

A crowd is expected in front of Evansville's Civic Center on Monday night.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 73 is encouraging people to show up and show their support for local law enforcement on the steps around 6:00 p.m.

An FOP Board of Trustees member tells 14 News that some clergy members in Evansville reached out to the FOP and asked how could they help. They wanted to show their support for law enforcement.

He says the idea took off after that heated city council meeting a few weeks ago during which several people spoke about negative experiences with the Evansville Police Department.

They're wanting to show the city council, and everyone else, that there a lot of people who do support law enforcement.

He says it's not just for the EPD. It's also to support the sheriff's office, state police, and even those on the federal level.

"I can tell you that every person that walks up to a police officer and says, 'I really want to thank you for the job that you do,' it really sends chills down your spine sometimes to think somebody does care that I am out there doing a good job," says Jeff Hales, who is on the FOP Board of Trustees. "To show up in masses is something that will bring cold chills to a policeman's arms and stuff to see that people do care about us."

The gather of support will take place Monday night on the steps of the Civic Center around 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Evansville.

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