South Florida police agencies honor fallen Dallas officers

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 11:36:49-04

The Police Benevolent Association office in West Palm Beach has lowered flags to half-staff in honor of the fallen officers in Dallas.

Other South Florida law enforcement agencies have expressed sympathy with the families of the victims and some have placed a shroud over their badges as a show of respect for the fallen officers.

John Kazanjian, the president of the Palm Beach County PBA, says he does expect departments to heighten their defenses as a result of the Dallas attack.

He also urged the public not to rush to judgment when an arrest or police-involved shooting is recorded on cellphone video.

"We need to let it play out there is an investigation going on. We don’t need people to jump to conclusions ‘cause it was caught on videotape. And like I tell everybody else police work is very, very ugly. All right, when we make an arrest it's not pretty,” Kazanjian said.

He said leadership is lacking on the state and local level. He says he has not been contacted by political leaders to talk about ways to keep the community and law enforcement safe and working together.

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Friday afternoon the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Clergy Alliance, civil rights leaders and community members will hold a community prayer vigil.

They say it’s to honor the lives of two black men killed this week in Minnesota and Louisiana and for the 5 officers killed and 7 officers injured in Dallas.

The vigil will take place at 4 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Currie Park in West Palm Beach


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