Trump pays tribute to fallen police officers

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

The White House was bathed in blue lights Monday evening in recognition of Peace Officer's Memorial Day.

Law enforcement from the Greensboro, High Point and Gibsonville police departments were there as well as the Guilford County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Trump also signed a memorandum for recognizing Peace Officers' Memorial Week and Police Week.

Trump's action began Police Week, which honors 118 officers who died and 66 who were injured in the line of duty in 2016 - a 40 percent increase over 2015, the president said.

The White House was lit up in blue to honor the nation's police officers. The president previously used the color to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

President Trump said that "attacks on our police are a stain on the fabric of our society".

Trump ran for president on a "law and order" platform, promising to "empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence".

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Thanking them, Trump, who noted in his remarks that he was in NY when the September 11, 2001, attacks took place, said: "I will make it the personal priority of my administration to ensure that our police are finally treated fairly, with honour and the respect that they deserve".

Both the President and Vice-President added flowers to a wreath that is now at the national law enforcement memorial.

The tens of thousands who stand here today continue a tradition of honoring you heroes of our law enforcement communities across America in cities large and small.

"I will say it and I will talk about it proudly", Trump said.

Two officers visited Washington participate in national Police Week events.

The chief says it's important for the community, and the country, to remember fallen law enforcement officers.

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