DALLAS--One month and two days after the police ambush, we all know the horrifying details of how it all went down.
Tuesday morning at city hall, with a room full of officers packing the council chambers, Police Chief David Brown recapped the timeline of events.
Brown reminded city leaders the investigation of the ambush and how cops reacted will go on for a long time.
"It could be a long, arduous process for the DA to even get our case, which is voluminous," Brown said. "300 witnesses is a lot of witnesses."
Brown talked about counseling for the officers--another process that'll take more than a few days or weeks.
"We think that we need a three, four, five-year plan to make sure we circle back to officers that were involved, or friends and family members of these officers," Brown said.
The community and the state are stepping up to help the families of the officers who died July 7.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presented a $45,000 check to the Assist the Officers Foundation.
He also wants July 7 to be marked on the state's calendar.
"To the families fo the fallen, I say: the memory of your loved one, the sacrifice he made, will not be forgotten," Patrick said.
Three boys added another $6,800--the proceeds from a lemonade stand.
The feds are chipping in with money for active shooter training for first responders. It's a way to be sure cops are as ready as they can be next time.
Because as much as we don't wanna think about it, there's always a next time.