The national spokesperson for Law Enforcement Today, Kyle Reyes, said that the social media platform shut down a page for the largest "Back the Blue" rally in the country, which was held on July 25 on Long Island.
Reyes told Fox and Friends First that more than 6000 people had already RSVP'd to the event before Facebook took the page down without providing an explanation. He said that although he knew that they had taken down the pages of other events and rallies, he didn't think it would happen to this event.
Reyes also shared his motivation for holding the event, saying: “We are doing this because somebody has to. You know, there’s an old quote, ‘Evil triumphs when good men and women do nothing.’ And we were sick and tired of good men and women doing nothing.”
Law Enforcement Today is an advocacy group in favor of the police that publishes a news website with stories and first-hand accounts of police officers’ experiences doing their jobs. The rally is intended to remind people how important it is to support the police, especially now.
The rally ultimately attracted more than 1,000 people, many of whom showed up with American flags and "Thin Blue Line" flags. Many of the visitors came from police departments throughout New York City and Long Island, as well as members of the community and other police supporters.
The president of Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, James McDermott, spoke out at the event against claims that police are problematic. He said that in Nassau County, the police have built a great relationship with minority communities. He added that county leadership has "abandoned" the community through their failure to stand up for the police on a regular basis.
Rallies were also held in several other cities throughout the country over the weekend, including one in Chicago that attracted a few hundred pro-police demonstrators in Grant Park. It was the first organized rally in favor of police to be held in the city in recent weeks. A small group of counter-protesters also showed up, and a few skirmishes of erupted.
Back the Blue might be getting its pages removed, but as you might have guessed, events that support Black Lives Matter have been allowed to stay up. At least 119 violent antifa groups are also allowed to post events on the platform, and these groups have more than 350,000 followers between them.
Facebook also shut down protest pages against business closures during the pandemic, claiming that they don't allow the promotion of events that defy social distancing recommendations. Nevertheless, they've allowed groups like Smash Racism D.C. to promote their events despite breaking rules for social distancing and curfews.
At one past event, their followers terrorized Fox News host Tucker Carlson, cracking the front door of his home. The self-proclaimed antifa group shared his address on Twitter and sprayed an anarchy symbol on his driveway. More recently, they've broken the D.C. curfew and rioted in the streets, all while promoting it on Facebook. All of this behavior is apparently fine with them, but supporting the police will get your page shut down.
Of course, this type of double standard is just par for the course at Facebook, who is always quite eager to censor those whose views don't adhere to their leftist stance on nearly any issue imaginable. A team of undercover reporters for Project Veritas released hidden camera footage showing employees of Facebook admitting to political bias, censoring Trump supporters and discriminating against their own conservative employees. One actually said: “We rig the game so it can work on the left side,” leaving no question about where their loyalties lie.
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