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Officers Nationwide Don Mourning Badges

| by Sheena Vasani
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Police nationwide are donning black mourning bands in honor of those five police officers killed in Dallas on July 7.

Officers all over the country can be seen with the black bands around their badges to respect their colleagues who died.

"We just have to come together as a community and support each other," Columbus, Ohio, police officer Jennifer Alicea said to WBNS.

"It shows that we want to support our law enforcement family no matter where they are and just repay that same support they came and showed us. But it shows that we're one big family and we have to support each other in our time of need," she added.

Alicea is one of many cops who will be representing her department at the funeral for those Dallas police officers who were killed.

"It's definitely an honor to head down there to represent the division and our community and support them," Alicea said.

In addition to donning a band around her badge, she also placed black tape over the badge on her patrol car.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, it is tradition to wear the mourning band for 30 days following the officer’s death.

“The mourning band is very symbolic in law enforcement and should be worn with great respect and under department guidelines,” the page reads.

Various services will be held and have already been held for the five police officers who passed.

On July 12, President Barack Obama spoke at an interfaith service to honor Officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael Smith.

The President called for unity, calling for the public to get rid of stigmas and recognize the humanity in police officers.

“The overwhelming number of police officers ... are deserving of our respect and not our scorn,” the President said. “And when anyone paints all police as biased or bigoted, we undermine those officers we depend on for our safety.”

President Obama also spoke of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both black men killed by Louisiana and Minnesota police officers, respectively.

“America, we know the bias remains ... We simply cannot turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers and paranoid,” he said. “We can’t simply dismiss it as a symptom of political correctness or reverse racism.

“To have your experience denied like that, dismissed by those in authority ... it hurts.”

Sources: WBNS, Officer Down Memorial PageNew York Daily News / Photo credit: Officer Down Memorial Page

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