Community members meet to show support for Dallas police

Community members came together for a special prayer vigil Monday night in honor of the law enforcement.

People representing a number of South Dallas community groups gathered outside Dallas Police Department headquarters for what they called a prayer in thanksgiving event, giving thanks that no one was injured in the Saturday morning attack that left the building riddled with bullet holes.

"We want the police to know that there's a whole lot of us that got their backs, because we understand that it takes a community to raise a family," said Dallas resident Bernard Cherry.

Officers were back working the front desk on Monday, where the information sign above was hit.

The lobby took rounds in both the upper and lower floors, and there were dozens, if not hundreds, of bullet strikes. 

A metal detector is now immediately inside the front door as part of a security measure that police officers say they've wanted for years.

Richard Todd, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, says they approached the city manager two years ago warning that something like Saturday morning's attack was possible.

"It's poor judgement and poor management," said Todd. "They should have had this set up with bulletproof glass and a secure facility when the building was originally designed."

Dallas police tweeted out a picture of Officer James Brown, who survived the call Saturday morning when James Boulware opened fire on his squad car.

Video that that the department put online shows bullet holes in the windshield, on the side of the car and piercing the officer's seat. 

Sunday, James Boulware's mother told FOX 4 that he'd been treated for mental illness going back to the age of 14, and that losing custody of his 11-year-old son may have triggered Saturday's attack.

Boulware's brother, Andrew Boulware, blamed the judge in the custody case. He told FOX 4 on Monday night by phone that "[the judge] should have tried to get him committed."

Andrew said in recent years that James had frightened the whole family "with off the wall stuff" and that he'd "tried to be a brother and a friend," but was rebuffed.

"Last time I saw him, he told me to get off his property," said Andrew.

On Sunday, Mayor Mike Rawlings released a statement promising that city hall will begin discussions about enhanced security at police facilities across the city.

He called it the responsibility of elected officials to do everything within reason to ensure police officers return home to their families every day.

It's not just the police headquarters that have stepped up security – FOX 4 had a photographer go out to the southwest and northwest substations.

What he found in both places was was a patrol car in effect watching the front of the building.

He talked to the officers in the one of the squad cars and they confirmed that they were rotating duty there just to make sure there was a little more security.


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