Published: Fri, July 15, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Tyler officers attend funerals for Dallas brothers in blue

Officers from across the country, including members of the Springfield Police Department honor guard, are taking part in memorial services for the five slain Dallas police officers.

Ahrens, a father of two and husband to a fellow Dallas Police detective, was affectionately called "Meat". Lorne Ahrens' funeral took place in Plano, where loved ones remembered the person.

"You hear people that maybe aren't police friendly say, 'They signed up for that.' It's not true".

The funerals came a day after President Barack Obama praised the slain officers' heroism, condemned the attack as an "act not just of demented violence but of racial hatred" and made an impassioned plea for national unity. He is the first Dallas transit agency officer killed in the line of duty since the agency's police force was founded in 1989.

A public service at a Dallas church where Smith worked security is scheduled for 14 July. He served as an Army ranger before becoming a Dallas officer.

The shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota were the latest in a series of high-profile police killings of black men in various USA cities that have brought intense scrutiny of police use of force, particularly against black suspects.

The lawyer, Justin Bamberg, told reporters Wednesday that Alton Sterling's family is pleased that the Justice Department is investigating the July 5 shooting but said that's not enough.

The service featured a montage of photos of the 43-year-old Thompson with family, friends and fellow officers with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

A funeral service for Thompson was scheduled for later Wednesday in Corsicana, south of Dallas.

Dallas PD officer Eddie Coffey, one of Ahrens' colleagues, said he met him at the Dallas Police Academy and said he was determined to be a Dallas police officer.

Thousands crammed into The Potter's House church in Dallas for Thompson's service on Wednesday.

More than a dozen protesters are blocking five lanes on southbound Interstate 35W near University Avenue Wednesday.

Those without an invitation to the interfaith memorial service gathered at locations throughout Dallas in a show of solidarity.

After the ceremony, a procession traveled from Plano to Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery on Greenville Avenue in Dallas.

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