Seattle police officers have been authorized – but are not required – to wear mourning bands across their badges as a way to show support for two New York officers who were fatally shot while seated in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Assistant Chief Metz authorized the bands on Sunday, police spokesman Drew Fowler said. King County Sheriff John Urquhart also told his deputies on Sunday to wear the mourning bands. Urquhart said the bands aren’t typically worn for line-of-duty deaths outside the region, but the ambush on the NYPD officers was so egregious that it warranted a show of solidarity.
“I think in this specific incident, it resonates with officers in the Northwest,” said Fowler, citing the Halloween 2009 fatal shooting of Seattle police Officer Tim Brenton, who was “assassinated in painfully similar circumstances” while seated in a patrol car in the Leschi neighborhood, as well as the killings of four Lakewood police officers by a gunman who opened fire in a coffee shop in November 2009.
Fowler said every officer will feel differently about the New York slayings, and those who choose to do so can wear the mourning bands to honor the “memory of those lost.”
In addition, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office on Monday announced its deputies would wear mourning bands for the two slain NYPD officers as well as a police officer from Tarpon Springs, Fla., who was killed over the weekend.