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‘Pro-blue’ rally in support of police set for Independence Mall

 Police officers salute as the casket of casket of Philadelphia police Officer Sgt. Patrick McDonald, 30, as it is taken from Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul after funeral services in Philadelphia in 2008. McDonald was fatally shot as he chased a man on foot after a traffic stop. (AP file photo)

Police officers salute as the casket of casket of Philadelphia police Officer Sgt. Patrick McDonald, 30, as it is taken from Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul after funeral services in Philadelphia in 2008. McDonald was fatally shot as he chased a man on foot after a traffic stop. (AP file photo)

If you’re walking by Independence Hall Saturday, don’t be surprised if you glimpse a sea of blue.

A number of high-profile lawmakers and public figures are expected to join a “pro-blue” rally at 1 p.m. Saturday to support police on Independence Mall.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, talk radio host Dom Giordano, and former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb are scheduled to speak.

Teri Adams, co-founder of the Independence Hall Foundation, the group organizing the rally, said she wanted to show support for police officers after a recent string of high-profile news stories involving law enforcement.

“There’s just been a lot of negativity about the police in the news recently. And we feel that some of it’s been unfair and that we need to get out there and support our men and women in blue,” Adams said.

It’s imperative to back law enforcement officers, she said, who risk their lives on a daily basis.

“Without our police we would have no law enforcement in the area. It would be absolute chaos. I hope that everybody comes away with that understanding — that we have their backs and that it’s important to continue to support them,” Adams said.

The rally is also meant to honor New York Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who last month were fatally shot while sitting in their police cruiser.

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