HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Three Baton Rouge police officers were gunned down over the weekend by a former Marine in a shooting that wounded three other officers.
This latest shooting involving police officers comes a little more than one week after five officers were killed in Dallas during peaceful protest.
Several local law enforcement departments and agencies have again responded with a show of support for the fallen officers.
Virginia Beach Police Department noted that they will keep their badges draped to honor the fallen officers. Police draped their badges in the wake of the deadly shooting in Dallas.
During this past week, members of the Virginia Beach Police Department have draped their badges to honor five Dallas TX police officers who heroically gave their lives to protect others practicing their constitutional rights to peacefully protest.
Sadly, our badges will badges will remained draped as once again, members of our extended law enforcement family – this time in Baton Rouge LA – were senselessly murdered again while responding to a call to protect others. To reiterate MPO Pierce’ earlier post, the thoughts and prayers of members of the Virginia Beach Police Department are with the family members of the slain officers, the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parrish Sheriff’s Department. To those reading this post, please take a moment to think about and remember the heroic officers of Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult issued a statement Sunday evening, noting that their “hearts and prayers once again go out to the officers killed, wounded, their families and the Family of the Shield.” Sult went on to state:
As we try to process the tragic events of the past few weeks resulting in the deaths of both police officers and civilians there is still room for hope and even optimism. In the after math of Dallas, Hampton experienced protests by the Black Lives Matter movement. It was uplifting to have so many of those coming to protest also show and voice their support for law enforcement officers on an individual basis.
These positive comments and praise underscore the importance of face to face / one on one interactions and relationship building. It makes a difference. It is these relationships that are going to enhance public trust. Citizens and cops working together for common causes in a trusting relationship is the only way we are going to be able to meet today’s challenges and threats to the American way of life.