There will be no blue light illumination of the White House to honor murdered Dallas police.
A federal government police union’s request to illuminate the White House in blue to honor the five Dallas police officers murdered last week apparently fell on deaf ears. A formal request was made by Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, to consider a public show of respect for law enforcement but was ignored by President Obama, according to Police Magazine.
“While we appreciate the President’s proclamation to have our flag flown at half-mast in honor of our fallen Dallas police heroes, I respectfully request that he demonstrate his full respect for their ultimate sacrifice by illuminating the White House in blue,” Adler said in the statement. “Actions speak louder than scripted words, and the honorable act of displaying law enforcement’s ‘Thin Blue Line’ at the White House would demonstrate the President’s sincere commitment to our fallen heroes and their families.”
“WhiteHouse action not necessary, pres adequately displayed his support” 5 Dallas Police Not Getting ‘Blue Light’ https://t.co/DMWrzehogd
— donna gafford (@trackerem) July 14, 2016
Despite the Obama administration’s nod to other causes in the past, like lighting the White House in pink for breast cancer awareness in 2013 and rainbow hues for the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, law enforcement officers did not seem to warrant the same respect.
“I can tell you that’s not something we plan to do at this point,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday, according to The Washington Times.
“There a variety of ways that the president and this administration have chosen to conspicuously demonstrate our deep gratitude and our solemn condolences in the aftermath of the shooting that claimed the lives of five police officers in Dallas last week,” Earnest said, noting the flags lowered to half-staff and Obama’s speech at the memorial service.
Nate Catura of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association called the administration’s decision “outrageous” and a “slap in the face” to law enforcement, according to the Times.
“I’m not surprised, but I’m very disappointed,”Catura said. “We have slain police officers that were intentionally targeted, they were assassinated. … He states that he’s sorry for the police officers and the families, but his actions in this case speak louder than his words.”
In the aftermath of the shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had the Governor’s Mansion show its respect by being lit in blue.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) July 8, 2016
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) July 9, 2016
I’m away but still keeping Governor’s Mansion blue to honor Dallas Police Officers. (Blue square by Capitol) pic.twitter.com/JE0y7BgvaZ
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 12, 2016
In Dallas and across the nation, many structures joined the show of support and respect, even if the White House would not.
— Brian Curtis (@BrianCurtisNBC5) July 12, 2016
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) July 9, 2016
— Alex North (@AlexNorth8) July 14, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) July 14, 2016
— KRIS 6 News (@KRIS6News) July 13, 2016
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