Fallen Austin police officer honored in D.C.

Austin officer among the fallen honored in Washington, D.C.

AUSTIN - Among the 400 fallen police officers honored in Washington, D.C. Monday was Austin police officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, who was injured and later killed when he was working a funeral procession.

Thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. for the National Peace Officer’s Memorial to honor officers who died in the line of duty. It's part of National Police Week.

Among those honored was Austin officer Abdul-Khaliq who was killed in the line of duty in the Fall of 2016 when a car tried to cut through the line of a funeral procession and hit him. He died a few days later.

His fellow officers -- who traveled to D.C. Monday -- saw his name engraved into the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley spoke to KVUE from D.C.

"A year like this year where we're putting the name of one of our own -- Amir Abdul-Khaliq -- on the wall, it is a little bit more heartfelt and a little bit more somber,” Manley said.

Abdul-Khaliq's father and brother were in D.C. for the memorial. KVUE spoke to them shortly after his death.

"We were blessed with a son that came and served such a great city and he gave his life for it,” said Abdul-Khaliq’s father.

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"It’s a time for us to come together and celebrate the lives that were lost, but it is somber when you see parents that have lost children -- children that have lost their parents. It's a sobering moment,” said Manley.

During the weekend, at a candle light vigil, they read the name of each fallen officer.

"It’s important that we're here," Manley said. "It's important that our officers realize that we will always be here for them that we will stand up to our words, that you are never forgotten."

Manley said they go to the national police event each year to support their brothers and sisters in blue.

"We’re fortunate in Austin that we are a very safe community but when we experience loss like we did with Amir, like we've done in years past with Jaime and other officers that have fallen, it just brings the message home that although Austin is a safe community, the profession is still dangerous in and of itself,” said Manley.

President Donald Trump spoke to the crowd, saying that attacks on police need to end.

"Every drop spilled from our heroes in Blue, is a wound inflicted on the whole country,” said Trump. "We will protect you that I can tell you, and we will say, 'Enough is enough.'"

As part of Police Week, there is also a National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Competition to play tributes to law enforcement and families. The Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Association from Central Texas took home the first place prize.

© 2017 KVUE-TV


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