(WAFF) - July has proved to be a violent month for law enforcement. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge Sunday, and
just 10 days prior, five officers were killed in the line of duty in Dallas. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund,
between January 1, 2015 and July 18, 2015, 18 officers were killed by firearms in the line of duty.
Fast forward to that same time frame now in 2016: 31 officers killed by gunfire so far. That's a 72 percent increase from one year ago.
WAFF 48 reached out to multiple law enforcement agencies for reaction:
Chief Deputy Michael Corley, Morgan County Sheriff's Office:
"If they will attack or do bodily harm to someone who's actually armed with the authority we are, with the weapons and the job we do, they would certainly attack an individual just walking freely down the street. I take it as an attack on law enforcement is an attack on society itself."
Sheriff Mike Blakely, Limestone County Sheriff's Office:
"Any call they go on could potentially be a very dangerous or deadly call. I also want to make sure they know to deescalate their mindset. If it's a call for an armed robbery suspect and when they arrive it's obviously a little blue haired lady coming from a church social, we don't want to have our guns drawn at her, either."
Chief Ron Tyler, Florence Police Department:
"Our legal system is based on process, procedure, the finding of fact. It's emotionless and deliberately so. You compare our justice system to this social-media-style of justice. Social media justice is drive through justice. You drive up, you order the justice you want, you take it to go. It's very fast, it's very opinion-based. There's not a lot of interest in processes, procedures, a full finding of fact."
Lt. Stacy Bates, Huntsville Police Department:
"When you think of someone that's just being murdered for the job that they do, it definitely keeps it in your mind that 'it
could have easily been me.' Like I said, as a police officer you have to kind of find a way to process that and work through it so that once you do put your uniform on and step out that door, you have a clear mind, you're squared away, you're ready to go back to work."
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