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Blue line supports North Tonawanda police

NORTH TONAWANDA - The backlash against police across the nation following controversial shootings of suspects this year has prompted some communities to show support officers.

In North Tonawanda, the city painted a blue line between the yellow no passing lines on Payne Avenue  in front of the North Tonawanda Police Department on Wednesday to show its support for the "thin blue line" of officers who protect its citizens from harm.

North Tonawanda Police Chief William Hall said Thursday the blue line gave his officers a lift when they saw it. He said the city also put blue lights at the entrance of city hall as a show of support.

"It's nice that they took the time to recognize law enforcement," said Hall.

The idea came from the mayor's office and the city's workers striped the road with the blue line.


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