SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The End of Watch: Ride to Remember stopped in Shreveport Wednesday to remember fallen officer Chateri Payne.
The non-profit organization features a large scale trailer showcasing images of 146 different officers who died in 2019.
They started riding through different cities at the beginning of June for their inaugural tributes to families and departments. They were escorted by SPD into the city on their way to the Shreveport Police and Firefighters Memorial.
“Our goal is to provide love. That each and every one of these officers is a mother,
brother, sister, father, daughter, son,” said Jagrut Shah, chair for Beyond the Call of Duty.
Officer Payne was shot and killed while getting ready to head into work on January 9, 2019. Her boyfriend and two other men are facing trial in connection with her murder.
“It’s horrible that we even have to be recognized in such a manner, but the fact is that we did lose an officer,” said SPD Chief Ben Raymond. “She was one of the law enforcement heroes that we lost in 2019, so to know that she’s being recognized and that she’s being memorialized as part of this is just phenomenal.”
Shah says that the trailer display shows the diversity of all the fallen officers. They differ in age, race, color, and religion and Shah says it’s important to remember that now as amid the challenging and controversial conversation surrounding racial justice and police. Chief Raymond says when asked to participate with the display, he considered it an honor that Payne was considered.
“You hear people say all the time, you know, ‘We’ll never forget,’ and in law enforcement that takes a course all on its own. We truly will never forget the officers that have given their life defending this city and defending our departments.”
They plan on visiting dozens of states to honor each officer on their display.