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Community Backs The Blue At Schertz Rally

Virginia Alvino
Texas Public Radio News

In light of recent police shootings in Texas and around the country, the communities of Schertz and Cibolo held a rally Monday to show support for their local law enforcement.

A sea of blue filled the parking lot, as residents donned the traditional color of law enforcement to say thank you for their services.

Among the hundreds of residents in attendance were Adrianna Cook and her two year-old son Aden.

“I’m actually here more for my son - to show that police are your friends and they’re not out to get you," says Cook. "And he’s loving it.”

Like most of the attendees, Cook found out about the event from the community’s page on Facebook. In just five days, more than three hundred people had RSVP’d.

Gary Cox was grateful for the turnout. He’s the Police Chief of the City of Cibolo. He says the community has always been supportive of his organization, but you don’t always hear that side of the story.

“You know, there’s always a lot of rhetoric out there," says Cox. "To me the job of law enforcement is to be the caretakers of the community. And if you take care of your community, in return your community will take care of you.”

Cox says his organization isn’t immune from the community disagreeing about some of their decisions, but that transparency and professionalism can go a long way towards building mutual respect. 

Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting.