A candidate for the Illinois State Senate is planning a "Support Police Parade" in Plainfield later this month.
Tom McCullagh, a Republican running in the 49th Senate District, said he wanted to organize the car parade to honor Plainfield police to say thank you in light of the myriad protests critical of police practices around the country.
"A lot of them are feeling pretty disenfranchised," McCullagh said.
The parade is set to take place by the Plainfield Police Department on July 19 between 1 and 3 p.m. Participants will line up in the parking lot of the Jewel-Osco at the corner of Route 59 and 135th Street, and will drive by the Plainfield Police Department building. McCullagh said he's anticipating a parade about 100 cars long.
"I want to show law enforcement that they have community level support," he said.
McCullagh acknowledged that the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the incident that sparked many of the mass protests, was an "absolutely appalling situation." Still, he condemned the violent demonstrations among the mostly peaceful protests.
He likened the focus on a fraction of the unseemly protests to the focus on "a few bad apples" within law enforcement.
The candidate added that if he is elected to the State Senate, he would be very willing to sit down with leaders of the protests to discuss what reforms would be appropriate in Illinois.
McCullagh will face Democrat Meg Loughran Cappel, a teacher in Joliet, for the Senate seat in the November general election.