If you see a Boynton Beach Police officer today, he or she will likely be wearing a mourning band across their badge. It’s a thin blue line to remember the five officers who were killed in Dallas during the protests Thursday night over recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
The Boynton officers will wear the mourning band until the slain officers are buried, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.
Early Friday morning, Boynton Police Chief Jeffrey Katz posted a message on his Facebook page asking for the public to pray for society.
Here’s what he wrote: “Unfortunately, history has shown us that laws alone don’t make us safe. It takes principled selfless people to stand between evil and the vulnerable. That is what happened this evening. Officers working a protest were targeted for death because of their ideals and commitment to service. They were assassinated by cowards, from a distance, who didn’t know them as people…and didn’t care to…but instead made generalized assumptions about them that justified ending their lives. Still, officers on scene protected people who were there ironically… protesting police. Protestors ran from the gunfire and officers ran toward it – that’s how it works folks. Please join me in praying for the victims, their survivors, the injured, and our society as a whole. We need it now more than ever.”
Here’s a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page:
“We are praying for our brothers and sisters at the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Official DART page) and the families of the officers who were tragically, senselessly and horrifically gunned down last night. God, please watch out for our heroes as they carry out their duties as guardians of every citizens’ civil liberties. We pray that all of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement across this nation return home to their loved ones safely. #bbpdpride #thinblueline.”