PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Inspired by the Dallas shootings, 25-year-old Akemi Mokoto of Chesapeake, decided to rally in support of local police.
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Mokoto rode his bike five miles Friday morning to the Portsmouth Police Department, wearing a 'police lives matter' t-shirt, and carrying a black and blue American flag.
Mokoto told News 3 a few people didn't appreciate his public display of support, but most people had been kind. Some people even brought Mokoto water and food, as he pledged to stand outside the department in support of police all day.
"Support the police whenever they ask for it," Mokoto told News 3. "If you see a police officer, buy them something, or shake their hand, or ask for a hug. Just show them that you support them, because I think they pretty much need it at this point."
Mokoto told News 3 if morale between police and the community declines, he's afraid officers will quit, and that the community will be put at risk.
Mokoto says he hopes to be a police officer one day.