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Officers and citizens gather in downtown Louisville to mourn and remember victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Around Louisville on Friday, different groups embodied the spirit of the flame burning in Jefferson Square, dedicated to the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

When a group of ministers of all different Christian sects gathered at Simmons College on Friday afternoon, they put all differences aside in the best address of what took place in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas. 

In front of Louisville Metro Police headquarters, officers and citizens stood hand-in-hand in prayer.

"It is a hard time to be in law enforcement," said Kim Kraeszig, LMPD Assistant Police Chief. "Each of our officers are coming in, each and every day, and they are going to do the job." 

Members of the LMPD force are bonded by their badge, more importantly the black bar in front of the badge. 

It's a symbol for those that have lost their lives in the line of duty and a reminder to always serve and protect. 

"You wish you could say that when you put the band of mourning on, that it would be the last time, but, you know, that it is not going to be," Kraeszig said. "It's just a matter of when will you wear it again." 

Officers are asked to where that band over their badge for the next 30 days. 

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