N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 25974 posts, RR: 78 Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
I don't know how much this is on the national and international news, but the LAPD SWAT unit, the first ever on any sort of scale, had its first officer killed in the line of duty last week. Randal Simmons, the officer who was killed, has been described as such an amazing person that it would take me an hour to type all the good works he has done, both on and off duty.
His funeral is going on currently, and is so big that they had to put in in the "Faith Dome" in South Los Angeles, which holds 10,000 people, and it is apparently overflowing. The people there include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who delivered an incredibly moving eulogy, Police Chief William Bratton, the Governor and officers from all over the world.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1291 times:
From the LA Times:
By 9 a.m., the front of the church seemed like a sea of blue as hundreds of officers arrived. Three officers from Jackson, N.J., in their light blue jackets and hats, stood out from the dark shade of the LAPD officers. A group of SWAT officers who had made the trip from Anchorage, Alaska, waited beneath a tree that swayed in a cool morning breeze. "Support," one said when asked why they had made the trip.