- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Black law enforcement leaders from across the world have gathered in Washington to honor fallen police officers.

Members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives met at Howard University Wednesday to march in memory of colleagues who have died in the line of duty.

The event is part of the organization’s annual conference. The organization represents more than 3,000 black executive leaders and officers internationally.

Organizers say more than 1,200 people took part in the march, including civil rights leaders and young people who hope to be criminal justice leaders themselves.

Capt. Anthony April, an Alaska State Trooper who participated in the march, says the fallen officers represented the community they served. He says the “march represents being involved in the community through their service.”

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