CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department wants to help the families of the slain Dallas officers and is asking the public to join in.
Five Dallas-area police officers were killed and 11 other people were injured when a sniper opened fire on police at a Black Lives Matter rally July 7. The attack is considered the most deadly one for officers since Sept. 11, 2001.
Since the attack, communities around the country have stepped up to help Dallas and its police department. The tragedy has struck close to home and has even prompted Jefferson Park residents to show their support for officers outside a Northwest Side police district.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department and the police officer's union announced a fundraiser to aid the victims.
"Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to our colleagues in Dallas," Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement. "The unspeakable loss of those brave officers is not just a tragedy for Dallas, but a tragedy for our entire country. They are heroes and we will never forget their legacy of service to their city and to our profession."
Chicago Police have enlisted for the fundraiser the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the Police Chaplains Ministry, 100 Club of Chicago, the Brotherhood for the Fallen, and the CPD Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains Association.
Anyone interested in making a donation can visit the police memorial site here. Or, donations can be brought to any of the Chicago Patrolmen's Fraternal Credit Union branches. Make checks payable to the Dallas Police Support Fund.
"At a time when our nation's law enforcement is under attack simply because of the uniform they wear, it is imperative that we work together and form a united front," said Phil Cline, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation executive director, in a statement.
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