Police from the neighboring city kept watch Monday while Dallas officers, citizens, friends and families paid tribute to those killed in a gathering at city hall
The citizens of Dallas turned out in the thousands on Monday night to pay tribute to the five police officers killed last Thursday during a protest march.
The police had invited the public to a candlelight vigil outside city hall, and the memorial offered residents a glimpse of police in rare form: open, personal, emotional.
At sunset, rows of officers stood and saluted the families of the deceased as they entered the plaza outside city hall. The family members were many; the attack during a protest against the deaths of African American men in confrontations with police officers marked the worst mass shooting of police in more than three decades. Five officers died and nine were wounded in the shooting.
The departments top commanders spoke, but the vigil was designed as a chance for Dallas itself to offer condolences. A bank of television cameras was kept to the side of the plaza so members of the public, who stood for the hour-long service, could have an unobstructed view of the podium.
Police from the neighboring city of Arlington provided security so officers from the Dallas police department and area transit police department could mourn their colleagues.