Hundreds come to pay respects to slain St. Pete Police officer

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Hundreds of mourners — many of them cops from throughout the U.S. — stood in line Monday evening at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg to pay final respects to Police Officer David Crawford, killed in the line of duty.

The three-hour viewing was attended by police from as far away as California, Chicago, Rhode Island, Georgia and Miami.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will join thousands of people expected to attend Tuesday’s funeral for Crawford at the church on Gandy Bouelvard. Crawford, a career patrol officer, was gunned down a week ago today by a teenage assailant in St. Petersburg.

Nicholas Lemmon Lindsey, 16, was arrested in the shooting death of Crawford.

Monday night, police in full-dress uniform paid solemn respect to one of their own. One Miami-Dade policewoman said: “It’s not our pleasure but our honor to be here. On the day we lost two of our officers in Miami, you (St. Pete) lost two of yours as well. It’s just a sad day for law enforcement.” Continue reading this story from Linda Hersey here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.