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Demonstrators in Temecula rally for ‘Blue Lives Matter’

Seeing criticism of law enforcement across the country, including in Temecula, a group gathered in the city Friday, June 12, to declare that “Blue Lives Matter.”

Murrieta resident Bob Kowell organized the Trump/Blue Lives Matter Rally taking place at the busy Temecula intersection of Ynez and Winchester roads, next to the Promenade Temecula mall and a block from the 15 Freeway.

About 100 people rallied at the peak of the demonstration, which lasted from 4 p.m. to nearly 7 p.m. in support of President Trump, the “law-and-order candidate,” and police officers across the region.

It was mostly peaceful, but someone hurled a water bottle at a car turning onto Winchester Road and hit Lydia Chavez, who drove out from Montebello for the rally, on her left thigh.

“I’m glad he hit me and not my dog,” said Chavez, whose pet, Gidget, is a 2-pound female Maltese. “I’ll probably get a bruise, but I’m OK.”

Chavez said it felt at first like she had been struck by a chunk of ice.

Passengers in other cars yelled at the demonstrators and raised their middle fingers. Some verbally sparred with the passersby.

As one car turned from Winchester to go south on Ynez with a middle finger out the window, Michelle Strandgren of Murrieta yelled, “I love you too! God bless you!”

A young man who yelled out of a passing car, “Bring Obama back.” A woman at the rally yelled back, “Never!

And as people yelled “black lives matter” repeatedly out a car window, Paul Rodriguez Jr. of Apple Valley walked close to the car and yelled “all lives matter” back multiple times.

More people honked their car horn in approval than expressed disapproval.

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