Fort Wayne Police Chief says officers are frustrated with recent shootings

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne’s outgoing police chief says officers are getting frustrated with the recent police shootings.

Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting Monday, Garry Hamilton said local officers “have to be on high alert” when doing their job because of situations that can quickly turn deadly, according to the Journal-Gazette.

He also warned those in attendance that officers “can’t take it for granted that it (shooting of police) can’t happen in Fort Wayne” and urged officers to remain mindful.

Hamilton’s comments came during a presentation called “Building Trust Between Law Enforcement and People of Color” and followed his remarks up with a video of the strife during the civil rights era in the South.

Hamilton is stepping down on August 1 to take a community outreach role within the department.

Three police officers were shot to death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Seriously, there should be a way that we, the citizens, can help protect the cops! Not unlike when military recruiting stations were under a spate of gun attacks. No vigilantism, no “looking for trouble”, but actually working WITH the cops to provide them additional cover.

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