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Amidst nationwide tension, Omaha holds calm rally

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 08:45:00-04

A long week of deadly violence involving police in Minnesota and Louisiana, then last night's stunning ambush against police officers in Dallas, all led to a peaceful rally in West Omaha Friday night. 

Organizers of the rally said there was no need for hostility or anger and wanted to ensure the public demonstration of peace and love remained safe. They met with police officers before the rally to share concerns. They agreed they wanted a safe night for both sides.

"I've said from day one that we have to work together. You know, law enforcement is not going anywhere. We need them. And Chief Deputy Baker says he needs us. He needs the community. He needs our support," says Bobby Wagner, an organizer of the rally. 

People who attended the Black Lives Matter movement said it was not an anti-cop event, and were mourning the lives of the five police officers who were killed Thursday night in Dallas. They also gifted on-scene police officers roses and water bottles, as a sign of respect and gratitude.

Protestors remained calm and complied with the law, while police officers assisted with safety measures allowed people to assemble and speak freely. 

"There's no question that the good will of these people is real. They want their voices to be heard. They're doing it in a respectful and have been incredibly supportive," says Scott Barker.