PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Since April, three police officers from New England have been killed in the line of duty.
According to Eyewitness News Law Enforcement Analyst Retired Colonel Steven O’Donnell, even the loss of just one police officer in the line of duty is too much.
“Someone may say, when a police officer dies, part of this country dies,” O’Donnell said. “The fabric of America kind of goes away.”
O’Donnell said since January, 80 police officers have been killed in the line of duty nationwide. Among them are Sgt. Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth K9 officer and New Bedford native, Cpl. Eugene Cole from Maine, and, most recently, Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna.
“It’s as disgusting as it can possibly be in the world of police, that that can happen that way,” O’Donnell said. “It’s tragic and it’s horrible. There’s going to be questions, ‘What can you do differently?’ The bottom line is police are out there doing their job, if a policeman stops you, just let the policemen do their thing.”
In the above video, O’Donnell reflects on the death of officers in the line of duty and how it impacts communities nationwide.