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Thousands gather to mourn, honor 3 slain officers in Dallas

15 July 2016

Local police officers made it to the Dallas ceremony today in honor of Thompson and the four other officers that lost their lives.

Officer Lorne Ahrens, a father of two, was known for his smile and dependability, a big guy with an even bigger heart.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police defended the heavy-handed policing tactics used during weekend rally, announcing this week that they had uncovered a plot to harm officers ahead of the protests.

Boston police and Massachusetts State Police are not formally sending representatives to Dallas, but officials at both agencies said they expected dozens of officers and troopers to travel on their own time and at their own expense to attend the services. "They are concerned this is a trend where officers are going to be targeted". Sterling was killed after officers responded to a call that he had threatened someone with a gun.

Including the five Dallas officers killed in the July 7 shooting, 11 of this year's 60 officer fatalities have occurred in Texas.

"Law enforcement is a family, " MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said Wednesday.

He said their friendship strengthend as they left the academy, with their families becoming close.

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. Nine officers and two civilians were injured in the attack.

"It takes a toll, but it's obvious that everyone is doing their job the same way they would", he said.

The men were among five officers shot to death last week during an ambush by a black gunman who said he was acting in revenge for recent shootings of black Americans by white police officers. "That's what we saw last Thursday night in Dallas, someone who chose hate". "So we have to remain vigilant".

Obama has devoted much of the week to the matter of violence by police officers and against police officers.

Thompson was married just two weeks ago to a fellow DART officer and was the first DART officer killed in the line of duty for the department.

Obama said Wednesday that it would be key to repeat the "kind of respectful conversations we've had here" across the country.

The 48-year-old Ahrens worked with the Los Angeles County sheriff's department and was a semipro football player before moving to Texas and joining the Dallas police force.

St. George Police Chief Marlon Stratton placed a message on the police department's Facebook page honoring those officers and others who were recently slain last week. Over a three-day period, police arrested about 200 people.