Any way you slice it, this has been a rough week for law enforcement officers — especially in Georgia.
Riverdale police Maj. Greg Barney died when he was shot in the process of serving a no-knock warrant at an apartment complex in the Atlanta suburb last week.
Funeral services will be Saturday.
Jerand Ross, 24, is charged with murder. He was injured but is expected to survive.
The same day as Barney’s death, two officers were shot near Cordele.
“Everybody’s shooting everybody,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, a former president of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, told the Morris News Service.
“It is more tumultuous now to be a police officer,” Frank Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Chiefs of Police, said in an understatement.
There is a toxic atmosphere in some parts of the country — and even this state — between police and the people they serve. We’re glad to see law enforcement here practice outreach to the community, especially in schools.
We hope that continues, and that parents will teach respect, not distrust, of police officers — and that officers locally will continue to earn it.