East Moline neighborhood shows support for law enforcement with blue lights


EAST MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – Dustin Dorsey of East Moline wanted to bring his neighborhood together, after two police officers were shot and killed in the Des Moines area last week. Dorsey’s hope now is to encourage an appreciation for the men and women who wear the badge.

“Our law enforcement gets so much negativity towards them, they don’t really get much positive things,” Dorsey said. “You know, if it wasn’t for them our community would be in chaos.”

That’s the thought that inspired Dorsey to go door to door to ask his neighbors to replace their porch light with a blue bulb.

“We should appreciate them more than what we do,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey hopes the different shades of blue lighting up his neighborhood will show officers they’re appreciated.

“It actually feels pretty good that this community came together and supported the officers and shown their respect towards them that we are here to support them,” Dorsey said.

“They should be able to go home safe every night while they’re working to keep us safe,” Dorsey’s neighbor, Brian Klinge added.

Klinge says he offered to make the change right away, and he plans on keeping it that way.

“Just so they {officers} know that they’re appreciated and that they’re hard work isn’t for nothing,” Klinge said.

Now, with more than 30 homes displaying their support, Dorsey looks to inspire other neighborhoods to turn blue.

“They don’t get enough support shown towards them, and I think by doing this it will show the community and hopefully more follows and shows more respect towards them,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey says he pays for the bulbs out of his own pocket and will provide a blue light and installation for anyone wanting to join this movement. He says people can contact him by messaging his Facebook page.

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