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    20,000 expected at service for slain officers

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    KageSenko
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    20,000 expected at service for slain officers

    Post by KageSenko on Mon 07 Dec 2009, 11:10 pm




    TACOMA, Wash. -- The memorial for four slain Lakewood police officers
    is expected to pack the Tacoma Dome on Tuesday afternoon, drawing
    delegations from police forces as far away as New York.

    A
    three-hour procession of about 2,000 emergency vehicles, including the
    families' motorcade and cars from the Lakewood Police Department, will
    leave for the arena from McChord Air Force Base on Tuesday morning.

    The
    memorial service comes just over a week after the officers were gunned
    down in a coffee shop before the start of their shift.

    Killed were Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and Officers Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Greg Richards, 42.

    Gov.
    Chris Gregoire, who will speak at the service, has directed that flags
    at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Tuesday.

    Several
    police guilds and nonprofit organizations have donated $20,000 to cover
    the costs of the memorial service. A number of UPS services donated the
    25,000 programs printed for the event.

    Maurice Clemmons was shot to death early Tuesday by a Seattle police officer after a two-day manhunt.

    Authorities
    said Clemmons singled out the officers and spared employees and other
    customers at the coffee shop in Parkland, a Tacoma suburb about 35
    miles south of Seattle. He then fled but not before one of the dying
    officers shot him in the torso. Prosecutors said several members of a
    network of family and friends have been arrested for allegedly helping
    him elude capture.

    Several candlelight vigils have been held for
    the officers since the shooting. Tuesday's memorial service is believed
    to be the largest in state history.

    The memorial service is
    expected to begin about 1 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome and could last as
    long as 3 1/2 hours. Roads surrounding the Tacoma Dome and along the
    procession route (see map) will be shut down for several hours.

    The
    mayor of Lakewood and the Lakewood police chief is set to speak at the
    memorial, as will family and friends of the slain officers.

    Heavy security measures planned for procession, memorial

    Organizers
    have tackled two security concerns in preparation for the event, one
    dealing with the procession and the other surrounding the memorial
    itself.

    More than 1,500 police and funeral vehicles will
    depart from the McChord Air Force Base Tuesday morning, and travel
    between 10 to 12 mph to the Tacoma Dome.

    With the procession
    traveling at such a slow speed, organizers fear the vehicles may be an
    easy target for anyone with bad intentions.

    As a precaution,
    every intersection along the route will be shut down, and officers will
    scan the crowd of thousands expected to line the streets to the
    memorial.

    The congregation of some 20,000 law enforcement
    officers at the Tacoma Dome also calls for increased security.
    Organizers said sniper teams will be positioned on nearby rooftops.

    The
    FAA will issue a temporary flight restriction over the Tacoma Dome, and
    only police helicopters and state patrol planes will be allowed
    directly overhead.

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    We will have live coverage of the procession and memorial online, on TV and on the radio beginning at 10 a.m.


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    Re: 20,000 expected at service for slain officers

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Wed 09 Dec 2009, 7:30 pm

    Sorry I wasn't around yesterday to catch this post, Kage. I heard about this on the news last week. Glad they caught the guy, in their own way, and arrested everyone involved with helping him hide out. Sucks for all those children that are now without their parents because of this guy's actions. I never heard what his reason for it was, tho. Any info on your end since it happened in your area?
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    Re: 20,000 expected at service for slain officers

    Post by KageSenko on Wed 09 Dec 2009, 11:55 pm

    he did it out of opportunity... yeah i saw the procession as i was walking to school, i was basically walking next to it just going the other way Razz, very sad day though cuz you could see montages of the lifes of the officers



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