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Atascadero community members support law enforcement

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jun 20, 2020

Several Atascadero community members decorated the corner of El Camino Real and Highway 41 with blue ribbons, posters, balloons and more to thank law enforcement Saturday.

Organizers of the event, Back Our Blue, said the emphasis was to support local law enforcement after the active shooter incident in Paso Robles last week.

They also wanted to show support for law enforcement in the midst of recent events across the nation and around the globe.

Amanda Hawkins, one of the event organizers supports people's right to peacefully protest, but does not believe that's the problem at hand. Hawkins said, "the problem is the backlash that our law enforcement is getting. We have a lot of excellent, amazing law enforcement out there. They're not all bad."

When asked about a possible solution for recent acts of police brutality, Hawkins mentioned training programs, but she does not believe defunding the police is the solution.