A retired law enforcement officer is publicizing a ban on officer training at the same time three police officers were killed in three separate incidents.
It was a heartbreaking, painful weekend for police and their families in Huntsville, Alabama; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Houston, Texas.
In Houston, Sgt. Christopher Brewster was shot to death while investigating domestic abuse.
In Huntsville, agent Billy Fred Clardy III was part of a drug task force that lost one of its own when a bullet pierced Clardy’s body armor.
In Fayetteville, a police officer was seated in his patrol car, outside the station, when an assassin opened fire and killed Stephen Carr.
“Other officers heard the gunfire, came out, and engaged the suspect and killed him,” Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue says of that shooting.
Sutton says a police officer is assaulted nearly every day of the year, anything from being dowsed with water to live rounds from a gun.
With less than a month remaining in 2019, the U.S. is on pace to have about 125 police officers die in the line of duty, from causes ranging from illness to car accidents to shootings. That number is the lowest in 40 years.
Sutton, meanwhile, says it was upsetting to learn that the City of Minneapolis has dropped a “Street Survival” class that teaches officers how to survive to save their life in a life-and-death scenario.
Not holding back, Sutton says the city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, is a “raving moron” over the issue of public safety, since the mayor has hired more officers but – according to Sutton – is letting them down by dropping the class.
Even though the 2019 statistics are on a path to be the fewest in decades, Sutton says that means nothing to three grieving families in Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas.