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United States Attorney Mike Stuart Issues Statement Regarding Violence Against Law Enforcement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart issued the following statement regarding violence against law enforcement.

“Sadly, our law enforcement officers and police have become the target of terrible attacks. Two nights ago in McAllen, Texas, two police officers were fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance. Yesterday, in Bothell, Washington, two police officers were shot, one fatally, after a brief traffic pursuit.

The daily assault on law enforcement and the police has to stop. This is not ‘open season’ to attack and condemn the good people of law enforcement. It is absolutely outrageous what is happening across the nation. I cannot imagine the stress and anxiety of being a police officer today. Can you imagine the stress and anxiety not only on the officers but the moms, dads, husbands, wives and children of these public heroes who worry every moment that their loved one may not come home from simply doing their duty and doing their job? This ‘attack our cops’ mentality must end. It must end now. Our law enforcement officers deserve our respect and admiration not our condemnation.

This U.S. Attorney ‘Backs the Blue.’ I make no apologies for it. God Bless and protect each of these Guardians of Justice as they serve nobly each day to protect each of us.”


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Updated July 14, 2020