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Thursday may be an interesting day at the Iowa Capitol. Robert Gamble and America Backs The Blue: Iowa Chapter are hosting a rally in support of Back-the-Blue legislation sitting on the Governor’s desk.

The group will also have cookies and coffee for legislators.

Gamble told The Iowa Standard it will be a meet-and-greet/rally combo.

The Back The Blue event is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Advocates for Social Justice have scheduled a Black Lives Matter protest for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the west side of the Capitol.

“Iowan politicians are passing racist and dangerous bills,” the post promoting the Black Lives Matter protest says. “They don’t think we’re paying attention. They’re wrong.”

The point of that rally is to “kill the racist bills.”

“We need your voice to kill the bills,” the flyer states. “Be there and be loud.”

Gamble said the Back the Blue legislation is a “great start to supporting and protecting men and women of law enforcement.”

“But there are more things we can do to protect them and their families,” he said. “Mandatory minimums for assault of a member of law enforcement and anti-doxxing laws protecting them and their families are areas that should be addressed in future legislation.”

Gamble also said many mayors and city council members in Iowa are on record as anti-police and he believes those individuals should be voted out of office.

“We will continue to hold rallies, marches and work with legislators on crafting better laws to protect our members of law enforcement,” he said.

Author: Jacob Hall