The local non-profit organization Texas Youth Summit hosted a “Defend the Police” rally, which honored police and other law enforcement agencies, as well as raised money for the 100 Club Houston. The 100 Club Houston provides line-of-duty death benefits to dependents of fallen peace officers and firefighters in the Club’s 32-county coverage area.
The rally featured several speakers, including Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, who is the Texas GOP Chair, Area Congressman Kevin Brady, Senator Ted Cruz and others.
500 people attended the rally that was held the afternoon of October 10 at West Conroe Baptist Church.
“We really want to pray for our Country. This event is three days before early voting, and we want people to get out and vote, and vote for a law and order platform,” said Texas Youth Summit Founder Christian Collins. “We’re just excited about this event, because so many people in our community are supporting it. We want to honor and celebrate our law enforcement in a time when they’re being torn down and criticized unjustly.”
DianaLee Enriquez, a college student and a volunteer for Texas Youth Summit, said it’s important to hold this type of rally because law enforcement has always kept the public safe.
“They’re the backbone, and they’ve always been in the background of ensuring that everything is safe, whether it’s ensuring that there’s no shootings happening or making sure everyone is behaving in a manner that’s not wrong, as well as allowing us to have our freedom of speech, and our freedom to be able to live without fear,” said Enriquez.
Coral Petillo, a college student who attended the rally, also said it’s important to hold a “Defend the Police” rally.
“It’s really important to defend the police because whether or not things are going on, they protect us in all instances,” said Petillo. “The police are there for our safety, and if we don’t have the police, we’re in more danger than anyone could know.”
Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable Philip Cash.
“You’ve seen what’s going on across the nation; there’s a group of people who want to defund law enforcement, and they want to hold all of law enforcement accountable for something that very few in our profession do. That’s not really fair to all the men and women across our country who have careers defending us as citizens, as well as defending our cities and counties,” said Cash. “When a community comes out and says we support our law enforcement, it means so much to the men and women in this profession, not only locally but across the nation.”
Lieutenant Colonel Allen West is the Texas GOP Chair.
“Sadly, we have to hold a rally like this to defend police,” West told Bluebonnet News. “When my brother came back from Vietnam; he was a marine infantryman there and was wounded, and the only thing he wanted to do was become a police officer in Atlanta. I’ll never forget the day he graduated from the Police Academy, and the first time he came streaming up our street, and I saw him in uniform in his patrol car. I was so proud and so honored, because my brother had served his country, and now he was serving his community. We’ve got to get that sense of regard and respect back for authority, and especially for our police officers. It’s near and dear especially to me because every day, they put their lives on the line for us.”
Here are more pictures from the rally: