EASTON — A Back The Blue rally is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 at the Talbot County Courthouse.

The rally is in support of law enforcement with policing, police shooting incidents and race relations at the forefront of the national debate and presidential election. Some progressive activists have pushed for cutting or ‘defunding’ police departments’ budgets.

The pro-police event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Easton.

The rally is being organized by Ashley Jo Strickland-Sard and her husband, Shawn Shard.

“This is just to show support and respect for law enforcement,” Strickland-Sard said.

The courthouse has seen a number of recent protests related to the Talbot Boys Confederate statue as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble said he and law enforcement personnel will be at the rally to make sure advocates can exercise their First Amendment rights.

“I’ll be there in an official capacity,” said Gamble who also has been at other protests to make sure events go smoothly.

Rallies at the courthouse require permits and law enforcement logistics from both Talbot County and the town of Easton, Gamble said. That is because the courthouse is under the county’s jurisdiction while surrounding areas come under the purview of the Easton Police Department.

Strickland-Sard said the proper permits have been obtained for the Friday event.

She was not sure how many people would attend the Back the Blue rally. A Facebook page for the event shows 66 persons have committed to attend and another 274 are interested as of Sept. 16.

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