WATCH: Large Group Holds “Police Lives Matter” March in Houston


Community members hosted a march Saturday in memory of Deputy Darren Goforth, who was gunned down at a gas station last month.

Community organizers said the message of the march is that “Police Lives Matter.”

Marchers wore blue shirts and carried a banner that read, “Police Lives Matter”  and “Undivided we march” with Goforth’s image on the front.

Goforth, 47, was in uniform when he was killed while putting fuel in his patrol car. A 30-year-old Houston man is charged with capital murder. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

The killing brought out strong emotions in the law enforcement community, with Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman suggesting that it could have been influenced by heightened national tension over the treatment of blacks by police. Goforth was white and the man charged with killing him, Shannon Miles, is black.

Law enforcement officers from around the nation were among 11,000 people who gathered on Sept. 4, for Goforth’s funeral.

At the service, Sgt. Shannon Bowdoin, the Sheriff’s Office chaplain, talked about Kathleen Goforth’s wishes for her husband’s memory.

“We are not going to focus on revenge or getting even or repercussions or anything of that nature,” Bowdoin said. “What she wants to focus on is … healing this family, the Sheriff’s Office, the law enforcement community and the nation as a whole.”

Supporters began marching around 9 a.m. Saturday and planned on marching until 2 p.m. On Twitter people used the hashtag #PoliceLivesMatter to post pictures of the event.

SOURCE: KHOU-TV, Houston, Texas

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