Community shows support for law enforcement in the Wiregrass

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The community is showing support for law enforcement in the Wiregrass after recent attacks on police in Louisiana and Texas.

In Dothan, Blue Lives Mater and Black Lives Matter demonstrators were escorted by police during a peaceful protest Sunday.

Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish says they've received several calls and texts from the community, public officials and friends showing support. Other have reached out on social media. Many wanted to know how they can help show support in light of the recent tragedies.

The Dothan Police Department showed thanks for all of the community support on it's Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

"I think we need as a country, as a society, we really need to step back and look at this from the outside looking in. Where do we want to go with our country do we really want law and order or do we want vigilantes and retaliation," said Dothan Chief of Police Steven Parrish.

Pam Brammer of Dothan finds the violence disturbing.

"Our sheriffs, our deputies, our police force, law enforcement, state troopers we need to support them, we need to get behind them," Brammer said.

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have also expressed support for law enforcement, speaking against more violence. Organizers held their second march Sunday, and invited Blue Lives Matter demonstrators to protest with them.

Police escorted the protesters marching through downtown Dothan.

"If the police want to come out and support they can also because there lives matter too the police matters also because I know they're scared for their lives too because you think something is going to happen," Brianna Bonds said.

Parrish is asking the community to pray for law enforcement and the families affected by these tragedies. He is also praying for unity and wisdom for our leaders.

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