Bismarck-Mandan residents rally to "Back the Blue"

Published: Nov. 26, 2016 at 4:58 PM CST
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A wave of residents in blue swept the Memorial Bridge Saturday morning.

They say they are standing in solidarity with law enforcement that have been involved with the pipeline protests.

"They're put under such strain right now, and the time that they have put in- it's ridiculous." - Bruce Bjelland, demonstrator

Organizers say the rally isn't pro or anti pipeline.

"Pro-community. We want our communities back. We want unity. We don't want division."- Kayla Wolf, organizer

Wolf posted a status on Facebook, calling for BisMan citizens to pray and march for law enforcement.

This was the result.

"Just here to show our support for the law enforcement that are keeping us all safe from the activities going on due to the no DAPL."- Shannon Feist, demonstrator

Some residents say that federal and state agencies need to intervene with pipeline protests.

"We need more support in not only our local, but our federal government in all of this. I think that there need to be more regulations imposed because while we all have the right to assemble and protest, the keyword here is peaceful, and things have gotten out of hand." - Shannon Feist

Wolf says she hopes the rally unites the Bismarck-Mandan community.

'I want to see smiles again. I want to see people beaming. I want to see people happy to be in this community."-Kayla Wolf, organizer

And ignites communication within the county.

More than 400 people attended the rally. ​