Residents of Calvert County Support ‘blue lives’ with blue lights

Calvert County Board of County Commissioners’ Vice President Evan Slaughenhoupt (R) lit up his Dunkirk home blue last week — and plans to keep it that way indefinitely to join people across the county and country to show support for law enforcement.

“It’s just a symbolic way to let our deputies know that we support them and we’ve got their back,” Slaughenhoupt said. “Law enforcement seems to be getting a lot of bad raps these days.”

Nationwide protests against what many viewed as the unjust police killings of two black men — Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., — dominated the political landscape during the last several months of 2014.

Although Grand Juries did not indict the officers involved in either death, the oftentimes enraged aftermath has resulted in movements declaring “Black Lives Matter” on social media and beyond.

Pushback efforts from law enforcement officials and supporters — fueled by the Dec. 20 ambush murders of two New York City Police Department officers on patrol in Brooklyn by a man with a history of arrests and suicide attempts — have insisted “Blue Lives Matter” and “Police Lives Matter.”

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