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White House lights up blue for police officers

(SOURCE: NBC) (SOURCE: NBC)
WASHINGTON (WMC / AP) -

The White House was lit up in blue in a show of support for police officers across the country on Monday night.

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in the Oval Office that announced the White House would be lit up in blue lights to honor the 394 police officers killed in the line of duty last year, according to the Washington Post.  Earlier in the day, Trump honored police and families of fallen officers at the annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol.

Former President Barack Obama declined a request from a union of federal law enforcement officers to have the White House lit in blue following the killings of five officers in Dallas last year. The administration at the time said he chose to honor the officers in other ways, including attending a memorial service, meeting with families and flying the White House flags at half-staff.

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