Vigil Honoring Dallas Police Officers
Law enforcement agencies across the country pulled together to pray and mourn the loss of officers who tragically lost their lives during a late night shooting in downtown Dallas on Thursday.
News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us to Jackson County to show us how South Mississippians joined together to show support.
Darius Wilson serves as the crime prevention officer for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. While he’s no stranger to witnessing crime, the tragic shooting in Dallas that left five officers dead was a crime scene of another level. “As a police officer, it hurt me. It hit so close to home. I actually have family members that work for the Dallas Police Department and it definitely affected me.”
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office held an impromptu prayer vigil this evening on the fairgrounds to show support for Dallas victims and the entire community. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “You think about those kinds of things happening in war and that’s what it looks like it’s coming to. We have got to be trained up, prepared. We train for these kinds of things.”
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Carl King prayed for understanding, peace and unity, not only for the Gulf Coast, but for the entire country. “It’s a Christian manner in which we protest. Protest the loss of lives. It doesn’t matter the color of the skin or the culture or the ethnic background they come from. Lives matter.”
One-by-one, officers from all across the Coast approached the microphone to pray, offer words of encouragement and share their hopes for the future as the country mourns the tragic series of events this week. “The Bible says blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. My duty is to serve and protect. I still have a community to serve. I still have a community to protect. That’s what I signed up for and that’s what I’m going to continue to do,” said Wilson.