BRONX, N.Y. - Several dozen people attended a rally Tuesday evening to voice their support for the New York City Police Department.

Organizers of the Morris Park event say they wanted to show the police they do have support despite the heavy criticism and calls to defund the department.

"The message is, you cannot crucify police officers across the country for one, two, whatever the number is, the bad ones. Remove the bad ones, nobody's disagreeing. There is not one person who said that what happened to George Floyd should've happened. Not one. But the media took it and spun it to make it something where we're going to use this and polarize the country. We're going to make it black and white because we can, because it's an election year," said one rally attendee.

Black Lives Matter protesters also showed up at one point during the event, leading to a shouting match between the two sides.