of duty in just the past two weeks. On Tuesday, Fox Lake, Ill., police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz became the 24th U.S. law enforcement officer killed by a firearm this year.
Such attacks against the men and women sworn to protect and serve the public will set already strained police-community relations back even further, local police officials say. And some police officers are looking over their shoulders more than ever.
“This is going to contribute to the demise of Officer Friendly,” said Jay McDonald, president of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police. “You know what I mean? We’re hyper-vigilant, and that comes off as standoffish and not community-friendly.”
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said “the job is more dangerous than I have ever have ever known it.” There is no such thing as a routine call for service anymore, the 24-year veteran of the Middletown Division of Police said.