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Louisville community groups hold rally downtown calling for violence against police to end

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the wake of recent police shootings across the country, local groups calling for an end to the targeting of law enforcement officers.

Members of the groups, "MAN UP," "God's Lives Matter" and other organizations rallied at the Police Peace Memorial Monday morning with a message of unity, healing and reconciliation.

This, after officers were targeted in Dallas, Baton Rouge and other cities. Groups in Louisville are standing with the police, and say there's no justification for violence against them.

"We do not support any life being lost, it makes no difference if it's at the hands of a civilian, doesn't make no difference if it's at the hands of the police department. All lives matter because the life comes from God," said MeShorn Daniels with God's Lives Matter.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad attended the rally as well. 

"These aren't just police officers," Conrad said. "These are moms and dads, husbands and fathers, and brothers and sons and daughters. These are people who have chosen to spend their lives as guardians of this community."

As far as procedure goes for officers in Louisville, chief Conrad says they are still patrolling two per car.  That change was implemented after the police killings in Dallas. 

Conrad also says Louisville officers have felt overwhelming support from the community.

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