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Metro community rallies behind law enforcement

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-06 23:19:11-04

A metro community want to alleviate some of the increased tension between police and communities across the nation.

Dozens of people gathered in Papillion Saturday afternoon, to show local law enforcement just how much they're appreciated. 

Signs, flags and t-shirts supporting Blue were paraded through a procession near 84th Street, which was led by the Blue Brothers Motorcycle Club. 

Law enforcement from Papillion, La Vista, the Sarpy County's Sherriff's office, Bellevue, Omaha, and the Nebraska State Patrol were invited to attend.

"Our law enforcement, everyone, whether that be a blue uniform, or a brown uniform, everybody's united as one, they stand together, and the people that you see out here today, stand behind them," says Candy Borman.

The event sponsored by the Tara Plaza Association is one of several recently organized events hosted by the community to remind people that police are much more than a badge. 

"It's really easy to put a different face on them because of the badge and forget that they're people. And that they're making huge sacrifices to defend people like you and me," says Nathan Wolf. 

For Kate Courtright Caysen, having two parents in law enforcement meant having two extended families beyond her own. Both of her parents are retired law enforcement officers.  Her mom was with the Papillion Police Department for 33 years while her dad was with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department for nearly 40 years. Her personal closeness to law enforcement is why she wants to pass the message to support the men and women in uniform.

"With all that's been going on in our country you have to remind them that they're still good people and that we still support them and still believe in them and that they're important to our community," says Courtright.

And their lives matter too.

"Police lives, deputies lives, troopers, they all matter. Everybody's life matters. She's a police officer but she's still my mom, she's still a grandma, my dad's a sheriff, he's my dad, he's a brother, he's a son, he's a friend, a companion, his life matters," says Courtright.