Huntsville man publicly supports police with homemade sign on busy road

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Bill Williams isn't affiliated with a group or organization advocating for police officers.

He describes himself as a "concerned citizen," starting when he heard about the deaths of two NYPD officers on Sunday. He says he felt called to action.

Tuesday, he stood alone at the corner of Whitesburg and Airport Roads, waving a homemade sign that said "I Love Police" and "All Lives Matter."

He chose this corner because it's very busy during the day, particularly at lunchtime and when people are leaving work.

"I want them to know that the police are... important for the safety of our country and in particular, this community," he said, "and that all lives are important. And our police are out there every day working to protect our lives."

Many people honked as they drove by Williams.  Some also yelled out expressions of disdain for his message.

Williams said mostly though, it's been very positive.

"I think that, not only does that encourage me," he said, "but [people] see somebody out here doing this and it might inspire them to take some sort of action."

We're told current and former local police and sheriff's deputies brought Williams an umbrella and a care package.

Someone also brought him a hot chocolate beverage, and many others provided waves and shouts of "Merry Christmas!"

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