Photo Captures Police Officer's Children Praying for His Safety

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jul 19, 2016

A photo of kids on their knees, "praying their father and all police officers return home safely," according to the caption, captures the heartbreak and tension in America after recent violence against law enforcement officers as well as police-involved shootings.

The photo was posted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Sunday, the day a gunman killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, and a little more than a week after a sniper killed five law enforcement officials in Dallas. Last week, two black men also died after being shot by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.

"In nearly 30 years of law enforcement, I have never witnessed the types of brazen attacks we are seeing against officers," IMPD Police Chief Troy Riggs said in a statement in response to Baton Rouge, and asked for the communities help in identifying any threats against law enforcement.

The photo has touched the hearts of many, already garnering more than 3,000 shares and more than 5,000 reactions on Facebook in less than 24 hours.