PIKEVILLE, Ky. (MTN) — As the nation is in turmoil and rioting continues in the streets of larger cities, a peaceful protest took place in the Pikeville City Park over Labor Day weekend to show support and celebrate all law enforcement officers and departments.
A few of the keynote speakers included Jr. Vice Commander Nathan Sesco from VFW Post 3769, retired Kentucky State Police Officer and 97th District State Rep. John Blanton, Prestonsburg Mayor and retired state trooper Les Stapleton and more.
Prestonsburg Mayor Stapleton says that as a retired state trooper, civilians don’t understand what law enforcement officers go through on a daily basis. He spoke out against those who are attacking and targeting police officers during riots.
“Police officers are trained to take the verbal abuse… they are trained to put up with all this stuff… until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, you need to keep your mouth shut,” says Stapleton.
The crowd grew larger as the event continued on and Logan Hall provided music during intermissions.
Sesco from VFW Post 3769 says that he just wants to thank everyone who puts their life on the line, something he can relate to from his military background.
“Whatever that job may be from dispatcher, state police, deputy… you put your life on the line… thank you for that,” states Sesco.
During the event, co-owner’s from the online store Bella Sorella’s Boutique provided Kentucky State Police Post 9 with a check for $3000 to assist with their Shop with a Trooper event.