Trump pays tribute to fallen police officers

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Law enforcement officers all over the Mid-South are participating in and hosting various activities during National Police Week.

The president is also requesting American flags fly at half-staff to memorialize fallen officers.

President Donald Trump speaks at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' memorial service, Monday, May 15. "The names of more than 21,000 men and women who wore the uniform grace the Memorial walls, and they deserve all the recognition this day bestows on them".

The lighting of blue lights on Monday night is part of a celebration of Peace Officers Memorial Day, a 55-year-old tradition started by former President John F. Kennedy, the Daily Mail reported.

He said that 118 law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty in 2016.

President Trump politicized a longstanding bipartisan tradition honoring fallen police officers on Monday, attacking his political opponents while promising to stand up for police officers.

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"We don't ever want to forget the sacrifice that these officers paid, giving up their life in the line of duty", said Chief Mickey Miller.

This is the 36th year that the Paternal Order of Police has honored the memory of the fearless men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty with this service and ceremony.

Observing National Police Week, the President spoke at a memorial service on the Capitol Steps.

Mr. President, members of the Cabinet, members of Congress, honored guests and dignitaries, members of the law enforcement community, and the precious families of our fallen, it is National Police Week. They died keeping us safe.

Since that time, Texas has lost 1,706 officers in the line of duty, the most of any state.

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