Chaotic images of officers getting ambushed in Dallas were tough to watch for many, but even harder for those that wear the badge.
“I think there is just a real sense of numbness, there is that sense of really trying to process what's happened,” said Aurora Chief of Police, Nick Metz.
Metz added this could have happened in any department and, in fact, has happened years ago when he was an assistant Chief in Seattle.
“In some ways it was déjà vu and in that for my previous career in Seattle went through of similar situations of officers being ambushed,” said Metz.
Today, officers around the country are putting the black bands around their badges as they hurt for their five fallen brothers in Dallas.
“It was premeditated and they were hunted. That’s what is so incredibly disturbing about this whole thing, these officers were shot for nothing more than the fact that they were wearing the uniform," said Metz.
The Chief said this tragedy sheds light on the importance having a policing community relations dialogue that brings the community and police closer.