Bikers back the blue in group ride around Houston

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LA PORTE, TX - Close to 200 motorcyclists gathered Saturday morning for a "Support the Blue" ride circling Houston.  The bikers raised more than $2,000 for local law enforcement groups.

"As bikers, sometimes we get a bad rap, but we really are pro law enforcement," said John Lotz, a co-organizer of the event. "This is a back the badge moment for us. We're here to say, yes, blue is doing the job their supposed to do. We're here to back them."

Tim McCurley of the League City Police Officers' Association says signs of support like this can go a long way with officers.

"Them being that proactive, makes us want to be that much more proactive when we go out on the street, to do our jobs even better, knowing we have that kind of support," McCurley said.

Riders showed various ways of honoring police, including wearing blue attire, putting blue stickers on their bikes and adding blue ribbons as well.

The ride started at Monument Inn in La Porte and ended at Stubbs Harley-Davidson in Houston.