FORT WORTH—Monday, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz the veteran police officer and father of four shot last week in Illinois, was laid to rest. There’s still a search for the three men cops say are suspects, just days before he was to retire.
On the day that thousands paid homage to Gliniewicz, elected officials, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, police, and hundreds of others came together in Fort Worth to pay homage in a different way.
“There’s just not a better time or way to celebrate Labor Day than to thank the people who labor to keep us safe, and that’s what the police officers do,” U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, 12th District said.
It’s called ‘Back the Blue.’ And in the wake of cop shootings in Illinois and Houston, some say we need to show support for those who aim to protect and serve.
“Today, this is that visual support for us, which means so much for us, as we move forward through some very difficult times ahead,” Asst. Chief Kenneth Dean said.
A sea of blue flooded outside the Fort Worth Convention Center.
“It’s awesome. I like it; I like how Fort Worth supports their police officers,” one attendee said.
“Definitely as a mom, it helps a lot knowing that we can teach him this city is safe, and that there’s that mutual respect between the two,” Diana Aguina said. “Good to see the support for the people who put their lives on the line every day.”
People like Chris Salone.
“I’m a law enforcement officer myself for the last 20 years, and I know how important it is to back our officers—back our officers whether it’s funding, whether it’s moral support, especially with what’s going on in America right now,” Salone said. “Everybody’s talking like black lives matter. All lives matter, including law enforcement.”