After Baton Rouge, a weary fear builds among those who protect and serve

July 18th, 2016  |  Source: Washington Post

Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson had expressed the exhaustion, frustration and vulnerability of being a cop as well as any officer in these chaotic weeks.

After protests in Baton Rouge and across the country and the assault on Dallas police, he took to Facebook to describe his state of mind. “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat,” he wrote. “I’m tired physically and emotionally.” But he continued to show up and do his job, he said, and he offered hugs to anyone who encountered him.

Responding to a call about a man with an assault weapon in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, he was one of three officers fatally gunned down, a wrenching example of the trying times right now for law enforcement.

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The hail of gunfire from one shooter and its latest casualties — three killed, three injured on Sunday — ratcheted up fears among law enforcement nationwide and brought the number of officers shot and killed in the line of duty to 30 this year, nearly double the toll at this time last year.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my 36 years in law enforcement. That is mind-boggling to me,” said Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a police union. “I don’t want this to become the norm. We cannot allow this to become the daily routine.”

“This is perhaps the most difficult and dangerous time in American policing history,” said Terry Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s been a heartbreaking week for law enforcement, and we have to call for an end of this violence against police.”

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