Sea of Blue rally in downtown Cleveland calls for end of violence

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CLEVELAND- A group supporting law enforcement officers is calling for an end of innocent lives lost in the city of Cleveland.

The Sea of Blue rally was at Mall C on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

"Originally, it started in December of last year because I was tired of the negative sentiment towards the police department and it was just time somebody spoke up for them,” recalls Organizer Mary Jo Graves.

Three young children were shot and killed in the city in less than a month, sparking an emotional plea from Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Sea of Blue held a rally on Public Square in December, which drew thousands of participants. The event was in response to anti-police protests following the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

"Every single life in this community matters, which is why we brought in a semi to collect food, clothing, gloves for the homeless and food for the Cleveland Foodbank, because when you're on the streets, your life matters. No matter where you are in this world, every single life matters and we want to stand up for everybody,” said Graves.

The group also collected donations of food, socks and gloves for the needy.

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