Temple Police Asking Public to Stand with Law Enforcment
Temple police are asking the public to join them in observing a moment of silence Friday morning.
Citizens who want to show solidarity with and support of officers while honoring the fallen are invited to join police for a gathering in front of the Temple Police Department's headquarters at 209 E. Ave. A beginning at 10:30 a.m. A minute of silence will be observed from 11:00-11:01 a.m.
Meanwhile, police not responding to emergency calls will pull to the side of the road and activate their emergency lights to honor the men and women of law enfocement who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The observance comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for a state-wide "Stand with Law Enforcement" initiative Tuesday.
The Governor's office issued the following statement about the initiative:
"As Texas continues to mourn the loss of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement in Texas. To honor Deputy Goforth and all officers across the state, Governor Abbott is asking Texas law enforcement officers turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one-minute at 11:00 a.m. this Friday – the time Deputy Goforth’s funeral is set to begin.
“Respect and pride in our law enforcement must be restored in this state and nation,” said Governor Abbott. “It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities. I ask that communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong.”
Additionally, law enforcement patrol cars will line the North drive of the Capitol on Friday to join in unity in turning on their red and blue flashing lights."
Deputy Goforth was gunned down at random at a Houston-area gas station last Friday night. The accused gunman, 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles, has been charged with capital murder.
Fox Lake, Illinois officer Charles Gliniewicz was killed in the line of duty Tuesday while chasing three suspects. He was set to retire at the end of the month. A manhunt was still underway for his killers Thursday afternoon.