President Obama ignored a request made by a federal government police union to illuminate the White House in blue to honor the five Dallas police officers massacred during a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday, according to a report by Police Magazine.
Flags were ordered lowered to half-staff by Obama to honor the Dallas officers.
The request to light the White House in blue was made in a statement released Friday by Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.
“”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. 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.”
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott ordered the Governor’s Mansion in Austin illuminated in blue following the massacre of the Dallas officers.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) July 9, 2016
A fake Internet meme made the rounds over the weekend that used a doctored photo to falsely accuse the Obama White House of lighting the White House in purple to honor the rock star Prince when he died earlier this year.
Obama is traveling to Dallas to speak at a memorial to the officers. Joining him will be Vice President Biden and former President George W. Bush.
“The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association, exclusively representing federal law enforcement officers. FLEOA represents more than 25,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 different agencies. FLEOA is a charter member of the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Working Group, holds two seats on the Congressional Badge of Bravery Federal Board, serves on the Executive Board of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Steering Committee.”