Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Mourners gather at funerals of police officers killed in Dallas

Howard Terry | 24 July, 2016, 05:25

Those without an invitation to the interfaith memorial service gathered at locations throughout Dallas in a show of solidarity. Here's a look back at the week through the eyes of photojournalists. Representing the Sioux City Police Department are Detective Brad Echter and Officer Lori Noltze.

The officers slain in Dallas last week were patrolling a demonstration decrying the killings by police of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, 32, outside St. Paul, Minnesota.

There will be a memorial service at Potter's House Church in Dallas on Wednesday from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m., followed by a private burial service in Corsicana.

First lady Michelle Obama, left, hugs Dallas Police Chief David Brown, as President Barack Obama, right, watches during a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Dallas.

However, when members of the Adams County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard needed a vehicle to travel to Texas to attend the services of the five fallen officers, we couldn't think of a better vehicle.

Three of the Dallas police officers gunned down in a racist rampage were remembered Wednesday at emotional services where devastated relatives hailed the trio as heroes.

DART Officer Brent Thompson, 43, was a father and had been married for two weeks to a fellow DART officer when he was killed. Lorne Ahrens' funeral took place in Plano, where loved ones remembered the person.

Officer Brent Thompson died trying to save Ahrens, police say.

A letter from a Minnesota sheriff's department confirms a black driver who was killed by an officer last week had received his permit to carry a gun a year ago.

A Catholic mass was held for a third officer, Michael Smith, whose funeral is being held today. Ahrens and four other officers were slain by a sniper during a protest last week in downtown Dallas.

After the service, a procession carried Smith to the Restland Cemetery.

Magnus Ahrens, 8, tosses a flower into the grave of his father, Dallas Police Sr. Cpl.

Southwest Airlines offered to fly officers down for free, as long as they prove they work for the department and are going to the funerals.

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