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Hundreds of Dallas residents line up to thank police officers with hugs

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Posted at 9:43 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 22:04:20-04

DALLAS — One day after the deadliest attack for police officers since September 11, hundreds of residents packed downtown Dallas to offer their thanks to Dallas police officers.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown received a standing ovation before he spoke at a citywide prayer service, according to Jennifer Brett with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A woman brought her baby to thank police officers in Dallas.(PHOTO: Jennifer Brett/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A woman brought her baby to thank police officers in Dallas.(PHOTO: Jennifer Brett/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

After the service, some residents in attendance stood in line to offer hugs and their personal thanks to the police department.

Soon, it became a chain reaction as hundreds began to hug the officers.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Senior Cpl. Monica Cordova. “We were overwhelmed with grief. Now we’re overwhelmed with gratitude.”

A Facebook video capturing the scene already has over 11 million views in seven hours.

Thursday night a gunman targeting police officers opened fire in downtown Dallas, killing five, and injuring seven more, during a protest against police violence.

The sniper fired on officers from two locations, according to authorities.