Ceremony for fallen ISP troopers shadowed by Dallas officer deaths
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Less than 24 hours after five officers in Dallas were killed, Indiana moved forward with a planned event for fallen state police troopers.
Governor Mike Pence spoke about the tragedy at the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Indiana State Police memorial.
The governor laid down the wreath in remembrance of the 46 troopers who have died since the agency started.
He says it was heartbreaking to also mourn the deaths of the five Dallas officers and to know how tense relationships between some communities and police have become.
“The whole issue is very tragic and it’s very disheartening that it happened,”said Susan Bradtmueller, who attended the ceremony.
From the podium, Governor Pence says the Dallas killings are grim reminders of the risks that men and women in law enforcement take every day.
“In this moment I think that it’s important that we stand with our law enforcement community, that we take time to reach out and express the gratitude and appreciation we feel for them,” said Pence.
Governor Pence says he’s focused on ensuring the risk for law enforcement isn’t so high in Indiana.
“We’ve directed our Civil Rights Commission and the Indiana State Police to renew our efforts at reaching out in communities and ensuring that at law enforcement at every level in Indiana is listening to and sensitive to the needs and challenges that people are facing,” said Pence.
The governor wants to build bridges of understanding so there’s trust and safety for the men and women in blue and the communities they protect and serve.
“I don’t believe that we believe we have to make a choice between supporting the men and women who wear the uniform and supporting the people who are struggling with challenges in communities across this state,” said Pence.