White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

Posted May 18, 2017

As Trump addressed the 36th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, members of the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense rebuffed the chief executive as being soft on guns.

President Donald Trump on Monday accused fellow politicians of failing to support police and declared that officers on the beat are subject to "unfair defamation and vilification" that have made their jobs more unsafe.

Police organizations in the area held memorial services Monday in observance of National Peace Officer Memorial Day.

Pastor Joel Cauley from Relevant Church was the guest speaker at this year's service. Instead of retiring at the typical 30-year mark. "He was a Smith County Sheriff's deputy".

"He was in the Army for 20 years", Terry-Lancaster said.

145 local, state and federal officers were killed or disabled in the line of duty in 2016.

The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps as the flag was lowered to half-staff.

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"Thank you for sharing your fathers and your sons and your brothers with us", Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said. The City of Marshalltown is fortunate to have dedicated and compassionate public safety professionals serving in our community.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is about recognizing and honoring fallen law enforcement officers across the country.

While the objective of National Police Week is to pay tribute to fallen officers, it is also a time to highlight the physical and emotional struggles faced by today's officers and their families.

"He asked if I was a survivor, and I showed him Rich's name on the wall", Harold Weinke said.

Only six police officers have lost their lives protecting the Williamson County community, but the risk is always there. The memorial consists of two curving, 300-foot-long marble walls, engraved with the names of more than 20,000 officers who have been killed throughout USA history. Earlier in 1915, Deputy Grady Granger was fatally shot. He reportedly died instantly.

Clearly that justice doesn't apply to Jordan Edwards, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland or any of the other citizens who have died because of the actions of police. Both men were killed.