Hundreds Line Up To Hug Police Officers In Dallas, Texas [Watch]

Credit: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Fear-based reactions are not the way forward. Unfortunately, former military veteran Micah Xavier Johnson wasn’t aware of this truth when he gunned down five police officers in Texas just days ago.

His brash actions were reportedly sparked by the nation’s systemic police abuse. Within the past week, two African-American men, Arlon Sterling and Philando Castile, were killed by officers in seemingly unjust circumstances.

While it might be easy to direct hatred at all officers, the issue of police brutality isn’t black and white. There are good and bad people of every ethnicity, occupation, and religious belief. By attacking – and killing – law enforcement workers, Johnson became the very thing he despised.

On a positive note, hundreds pushed back against the media’s attempt to incite a race war by showing up at a midday prayer service in Dallas, Texas, and lending their support to the police department.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Thanks-Giving Square Park was packed with citizens and police officers who are grieving the loss of the five officers who were killed on Thursday.

After the service, many of the attendees stood in line to personally thank the men and women who place their lives on the line every day – and hugs became the best way to express what words cannot.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Senior Cpl. Monica Cordova. “We were overwhelmed with grief. Now we’re overwhelmed with gratitude.”

You can watch the emotional display in the Facebook video below.

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  1.' Carol Webb says:


  2.' Gayle M-w says:

    Together Strong!! ?

  3. A win for humanity..

  4. Wonderful let’s spread and share love across the nation and embrace each other in unity this is a perfect example hugging our officers

  5. .. Prompts some significant issues in my mind

  6. ????? hugs from Florida!

  7. Didnt see anyone lining up to hug black people..wen they had one of theirs shot

  8. This is heartwarming. Spread the love, not the hate.

  9.' Amanda Loree says:

    If Political representatives must live in a District in order to Serve the Public, then maybe Police should have to live in a District in able to Serve their Communities. Just think about it… those that protect us would be our neighbors and friends.

  10.' Julian Jerko says:

    After the service, some residents in attendance stood in line to offer hugs and their personal thanks to the police department.

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