Community ‘Backs the Badge’ at BSO rally

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Hundreds gathered to say a prayer of protection over law enforcement Monday evening.

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Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

The “We’ve Got Your Back” prayer rally, hosted by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, was held to show support for the men and women of the Thin Blue Line. With the recent killings of law enforcement officers around the nation, the rally was an outcry of support for those who wear the badge daily and protect the community.

Standing in the crowd were James and Donna Robinson of Bossier.
“There’s an attack on law enforcement and it’s horrendous,” Donna said, gripping the framed memorial of her son. “They are here to serve and protect us and something is wrong with the world when they are being attacked.”

Their son, Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, was shot and killed in Feb. 2014 while working for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, FL. He was 34-years-old.

“We have to speak out and be here to support our law enforcement,” Donna added.

Mark Hutchison, father of slain Bossier City Police Office Trey Hutchison, was very pleased to see the large turnout. The events of this year are what he calls a “total abandonment of respect” for police officers.

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Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

“Nine [officers killed] in one year in just Louisiana…one is too many and nine is just unheard of,” he said.

Whittington said looking out into a sea of blue from the public supporting law enforcement was just awesome.

“This has been a tough year for us in law enforcement,” Whittington said. “It’s a difficult job and not many want to do it. But these men and women have signed up to do this every single day.”

Earlier this month, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a proclamation declaring a statewide day of prayer for law enforcement on Sept. 14.