By Kym Gable

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The number of people protesting police is growing, but so is the number of officers there to keep the peace.

Protestors on one side: police on the other.

The number of demonstrators protesting the FOP National Convention in downtown Pittsburgh is growing, and so is the number of officers making sure the situation doesn’t turn violent or disruptive.

On Wednesday evening several kayakers took to the Allegheny River, holding up a large red banner that read “FIRE KILLER COPS.”

River Rescue responded to the kayakers, and gave them a warning for not wearing life vests.

One activist told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “I am in support of that action and the actions that are taking place all across Pittsburgh in opposition of the FOP National Convention this week.”

The FOP National convention is celebrating the organization’s 100th year with about 5,000 members attending.

There were plenty of police supporters among the crowd, including a number of retired officers who are attending the convention.

“I think the Pittsburgh Police are doing a wonderful job,” said Johnny Frederic, a retired officer from Louisiana. “We put up with this our entire career, but we still go out and do our job.”

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