ATLANTA - They are being labeled as police executions; the apparent indiscriminate murders of officers in New York City, and over the weekend, the killing of a sheriff’s deputy outside of Houston.
Both locations are far away from Atlanta, but the murders certainly are being felt here by local law enforcement.
Ken Allen, the leader of the largest Atlanta Police Organization, said street cops are being mindful not to wear their uniform unless it is absolutely necessary.
The veteran cop of 29 years said he has never seen a climate of violence, both verbal and physical, targeting law enforcement.
He acknowledges that some highly-charged citizen-police confrontations are fueling the aggressive stance towards police, but he said underneath many of the encounters is misinformation that is spread through social media.
Allen called for new efforts like one recently held at Morehouse College to break down barriers between police officers and the communities they are sworn to protect.