Governor Abbott issues call to stand with law enforcement

Published on Thursday, 6 July 2017 20:55 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com 

It’s been a year since deadly gunfire from a lone gunman erupted during what was supposed to be a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas. Police were able to locate the gunman, but when negotiations failed the gunman was killed by a bomb squad robot. 

To mark the one-year anniversary of the attack that left five law enforcement officers dead and seven wounded, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide call for the public to stand with law enforcement officers and honor all peace officers across the state.

Abbott is asking all Texas law enforcement officers to turn on their red and blue lights for one minute at 10 a.m. Friday.

“Respect for our law enforcement officials must be restored in this nation,” Abbott said in a news release from his office. “It is our officers who stand between us and all that threatens, and we must stand behind them by sending a clear message that attacks on our men and women in blue will not be tolerated. I ask that all Texans come together to show our appreciation for those who keep us safe.”  

The Tyler Police Department will honor the fallen Dallas officers in front of the police station with the emergency lights activated on the patrol vehicles for one minute at 10 a.m. 

In the days following the deadly attack in Dallas, the Tyler Police Department, Smith County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies in the area came together to honor the fallen officers in prayer and remembrance ceremonies. 

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