Last week, hours before she was to begin maternity leave, Omaha cop Kerrie Orozco was shot to death while on duty. Omaha has a Republican mayor, Jean Strothert.
In Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, where Orozco resided, thousands of people lined her funeral route today.
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From the Omaha World-Herald:
Many held American flags, balloons and homemade signs: Heroes Live Forever. You Made a Difference. We Support Our Men and Women in Blue. OPD Blue Forever. #KerrieOn.The real America still lives.
As the procession started, the crowd fell silent. At one point, the only sound was the rumble of police motorcycles and a guitarist in front of the downtown library plucking “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The procession started at 1 p.m. at St. John's and ended at 2:45 p.m. at the cemetery in Council Bluffs. It took about an hour for drivers to complete the route. At one point, vehicles were entering the cemetery while others were still leaving Creighton seven miles away.
More than 450 marked cruisers with first responders from about 200 agencies from several states took part. Many officers held their phones up to the crowd, recording the scene as they passed by. At the same time, people in the crowd pointed their phones back to capture the moment.