Riverside Chief of Police’s Eulogy for Officer Michael Crain
The local television stations broadcast the funeral of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain — one of the officers whose life was cut short by crazed ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner — in its entirety on Wednesday.
It was stunning. There was more than 8,000 people in attendance, 4,000 of whom were uniformed police officers from around the state and some from out of state. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Governor Jerry Brown were also in attendance.
By the time Dorner was finally stopped, his rage had touched the five largest counties in Southern California — Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles — and turned the state into one large army of law enforcement officials determined to stop the carnage of one mad man.
The funeral was held at The Grove Community Church in Riverside and the eulogies were gut-wrenching. But I have never been more proud of Riverside’s Chief of Police Sergio Diaz. (Full disclosure: I live in Riverside and confess to a little bias in my views.)
This is what Chief Diaz chose to share—not with the 8000 in attendance, but to the family:
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