TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson business owner has organized a law enforcement support gathering on Wednesday, July 13. Margo Susco with the Hydra retail shop on East Congress Street is inviting the public to stop by and hold signs with messages of support for local officers.
The gathering will last through 9 p.m. across the street from Hydra, at the Ronstadt Transit Center.
Susco says she does not come from a law enforcement family, but as a local business owner for more than 20 years, she's had regular contact with officers patrolling the downtown business district and has a lot of respect for what they do to keep the area safe.
Law enforcement agencies across southern Arizona have been receiving messages of support following the deadly ambush on Dallas police. A gunman shot and killed five officers there on July 7.
Oro Valley police Lt. Kara Riley said the agency has received a number of positive messages from the community including notes, balloons, and pictures. There have been no instances of negativity towards the agency's officers, according to Riley.
Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos shared an email with Tucson News Now he sent to staff the night of the Dallas shooting. In it, the sheriff assured deputies they are "are needed and appreciated." The July 8 email reads in part:
"You should know you stand on the side of righteousness. You should know your community stands with you. You should know that your enemies are few and your friends are many. You should know what you do matters."
Nanos said community members have reacted by leaving positive messages on the agency's Facebook page and bringing food to substations around town.