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Peace Officer Memorial Day service solemn, emotional after shooting death

Quincy police Officer Erica Scott salutes as the American flag is lowered to half-staff Tuesday during the Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony at Quincy City Hall Plaza. The ceremony honored fallen police officers from Quincy and across the nation. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 15, 2018 7:05 pm Updated: May. 15, 2018 7:20 pm

QUINCY -- Police Chief Rob Copley said his prepared comments for Tuesday's Peace Officer Memorial Day service changed after a Quincy police officer was involved in a fatal shooting Monday night.

"Our prayers go out to the family of the deceased and our prayers go out to the officer and his family," Copley said.

The names of the deceased man, Rollie Davis Sr., and the Quincy officer and instructor, Steve Bangert, were not released until several hours after the memorial service.

Unfortunately, Copley said, not everyone was offering prayers.

In the 12 hours between Monday night's shooting at 11th and Jackson and Tuesday's memorial service at City Hall Plaza, Copley said trolls on the internet "armed with a lack of knowledge and a lack of decency" were making up stories about the shooting.

Some were making accusations against the police, without knowledge of what happened.

"People who don't know anything about us ... hate us," Copley said.

Mayor Kyle Moore read a proclamation honoring law enforcement officers and especially those who have died in the line of duty.

"Five Quincy officers have died while serving the city," Moore said.

Copley said 135 officers died nationwide last year, the lowest death toll since 2013. Fifty-eight of those died because of criminal acts and 41 in traffic crashes, Copley said.

Harry Cramer, a retired Quincy deputy police chief, shared a SDcripture reading from Isaiah 6:8 and offered a prayer in honor of officers who say: "Here am I. Send me."

Flags were raised and then lowered to half-staff. "Amazing Grace" was played and taps was performed as law enforcement officials from several agencies stood at attention.

City Clerk Jenny Hayden was among several dozen civilians attending the ceremony, along with several dozen officers. She described the service as emotional and moving.

"It was a very good ceremony," Hayden said. "Because of what happened last night, we knew this could have been a different outcome" with a police officer injured or killed.

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