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NKY law enforcement pay tribute to fallen officers

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Police involved deaths have sparked outrage throughout the nation, and tonight law enforcement officials and community members gathered in Covington to pay their respects.
 
"Anyone here could die tomorrow," said David Millward.
 
About 23,000 cops from across the nation bid a final farewell last weekend to a New York City police officer killed in the line of duty.
 
"They were slaughtered because of the uniforms they wore and the jobs they had chosen," said Millward.
 
But the impact these men left stretches all the way to Northern Kentucky and many officers throughout the area joined at the Northern
Kentucky Police Memorial to show their support.
 
"They're brothers in blue," said Millward.

David Millward is a chaplain for FOP lodge 20 and says he was at a sheriff's conference a few weeks ago. He agrees there's no simple answer
to this senseless violence, but it starts with community/police relations.
 
"They told me, don't treat anyone differently, treat them the way you want to be treated," said Millward.
 
In New York, two officers were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car. Sergeant Lisa Hampton with the Bellevue Police Department
says with all the technology police use by entering data in their computers, they've been telling their department to be extra cautious.
 
"Sometimes you can get a little lax and not pay attention to your surroundings. Officers are now aware of that and feel the need to do
that where so much as two months ago they didn't, they felt safe in their cruisers," said Sergeant Lisa Hampton.

The violence towards police continued this past weekend as officers in Florida and Los Angeles were shot at amidst rising tensions between some
residents and law enforcement. But Sergeant Hampton says too often people don't realize police officers are people too.
 
"Being courageous doesn't mean we're afraid, it means we're afraid but we run towards the gunfire because that's what we need to do. We
are the protectors," said Sgt. Hampton.
 
There have been multiple protests in response to all this tension between law enforcement and different communities. In fact there was
a "die-in" in Covington just a couple a couple weeks ago.
 
Many local officers say they support free speech, as long as the protests are peaceful.

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