Lubbock community, law enforcement, stand with Dallas

Afternoon prayer vigil in Lubbock
Published: Jul. 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2016 at 10:32 PM CDT
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LPD wearing black bands on badges in support of Dallas officers (source: KCBD)
LPD wearing black bands on badges in support of Dallas officers (source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Community leaders including Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and Chief of Police Greg Stevens released statements expressing their thoughts and prayers for the city of Dallas and those officers injured and killed Thursday night's attack.

Chief Stevens called a press conference at the Police Department this afternoon to speak on this.

Chief Stevens said LPD and the city of Lubbock stand with the city of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department and with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department.

But he also made a point to thank the city of Lubbock for the support our police department receives on a daily basis.

"These officers were out protecting peoples' first amendment rights. They were doing their job, and they were attacked in a completely unexpected, irrational and cowardly manner," Chief Stevens said.

Lubbock Police Officers are wearing black bands on their badges, to honor fellow law enforcement officers killed in Dallas.

"We mourn the loss of the officer, and we grieve with their families during this time of tragedy," Chief Stevens said.

But in the midst of such heartbreak, an outpouring of love for the city of Dallas and law enforcement across the country.

Including our very own Lubbock Police Department, as Lubbock residents took to social media to express their prayers and gratitude.

Chief Stevens says people stopped by the police department all day to say thank you in person, leaving food and notes to the fill hearts of our officers.

"The kind of support that we have across the board from just everyday citizens to our church communities to our civic leaders to our city council to our city management. It's un-paralleled," Chief Stevens said.

Acts of support like the prayer vigil held at the Texas Tech Health sciences center this afternoon, at the same time as the service held in Dallas.

"It's important, I think very important to have the connection I think if only symbolic to say we're there with you right now in this space where you're hurting," Dr. Cheryl Erwin, Director of Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spirituality at TTUHSC, said.

Dr. Erwin says she didn't think twice about organizing this.

"When I woke up this morning and had just a short chance to think about it, I knew that we needed to have that connection for ourselves, for our own healing and to let Dallas know that we are one," she said.

A chance for our community to heal together, and spread a message of love for everyone who is hurting across the country.

"Dallas is strong, Texas is strong. We are strong," she said.

Chief Stevens says he has been asked what Lubbock would do if something like what happened in Dallas happened here.

He says every division of the police department is well prepared to deal with whatever may happen here not only in house, but they are prepared to reach out across the community for support as well.

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