DOVER, Del. -- A pro-police rally was held in downtown Dover Saturday afternoon to show support for officers at a time when perception of the police has been skewed due to recent events happening nationwide.
Crystal Rau of Dover helped organize the event through social media with friends and her husband who is a police officer in Kent County.
"My husband's a police officer for Clayton. My son wants to be a police officer," said Rau. "They just need somebody to stand up and say 'we have faith in you, we still see you as heroes.'"
For Renee Kent of Camden who attended the event with her husband and children, the color blue is more than just a hue but a badge of honor with deep roots grounded in her family.
"My father-in-law was a retired state police on DEA. His dad was State Troop also years ago," Kent said.
The Chief of Dover Police also attended the rally and said the support is what the force needs at this point in time.
"The police can only do so much and it's important to know that we have the support of the community because the community's only as safe the people allow it to be," said Chief Paul Mark Bernat.
About 42 percent of Dover's population is African American according to US Census Bureau statistics for the city of Dover. But the black community was largely underrepresented at the rally in the eyes of one local who found the low turnout startling.
"I'm somewhat chagrin and somewhat surprised that there were only myself and James -- one other black person -- representing an entire community and there are several hundred people here," said EShed Alston, a Dover resident of 41 years.
But despite the black community's low numbers at the rally, Alston said he was there to support all human beings.
"I noticed a sign that was here. It said 'blue lives matter.' I'm here to say that all lives matter,'" said Alston.