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Rally held in downtown Louisville to support police

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – As a nation mourns the lives of police officers killed in Baton Rouge Sunday, dozens gathered in Louisville to support the men and women in blue.

“I'm just glad they're out there doing their job for my family,” said event organizer Jeff Klusmeier. “It's a blessing. We live in a great country and a great Commonwealth and a great city of Louisville.”

Klusmeier organized the event as a response to five police officers in Dallas being shot and killed. It wasn’t until late Sunday morning that he heard about three officers in Baton Rouge being killed.

“We got the news as we were actually setting up today [Sunday],” Klusmeier said. “A police officer came and told us what was going on.”

What was supposed to be a rally for police support turned, at least partially, into a prayer vigil for those officers who were killed in Baton Rouge.

“I just thought we want to let them know we appreciate them, we love them and we're paying for their safety,” Klusmeier said. “Just a pat on the back.”

Several lawmakers were on hand as well included state representative Kevin Bratcher and state senator Dan Seum.

“It's sad,” Seum said. “We've been somewhat lucky here in Louisville so far. I just hope the good Lord protects our men and women in blue.”

Dozens showed up for the rally and Klusmeier says he’s open to the idea of having more similar rallies in the future.

“An attack on a police officer, is an attack on all of us,” he said. “You don't see them but they're there. They're kind of like angels, you know?"

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