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Residents React to Recent Multiple Police Killings

To date, 24 members of law enforcement have died in the line of duty by gunfire in 2015.  Within the week, there have been two, one in Illinois and one right here in Houston, Texas.

Newschannel 6 reached out to a few Wichita Falls residents to get their views on these incidents.

“I believe that the world has become very cynical, people are taking the law into their own hands," said Wichita Falls resident, Ricky Garza.

Caye Bohannon's husband used to work for law enforcement, so she takes incidents like these to heart.

“It definitely hits home with us and it just really breaks our heart," said Bohannon.

“We're having these types of problems.  I think it’s up to the whole community to come together to try to figure out a way to settle this problem," said Garza.

During this time, Deputy Chief for W.F.P.D., Guy Gilmore, told Newschannel 6 that incidents like these are what bring the already tight-knit "brothers in blue" closer together.

“We realize that when we put on a uniform each and every day.  It’s a dangerous job; I would say it’s one of the most stressful jobs that you can have.  Today’s environment, I think with the killings of law enforcement officers it makes it even more stressful and that stress is added to the officers job.  It’s just troubling that someone would go out to harm or kill a law enforcement officer solely because he wears a uniform," said Deputy Chief Gilmore.

Like Garza, Deputy Chief Gilmore and many others are calling on the community for their support.

 “We need the silent majority to stand up and support law enforcement and I think the citizens in Wichita Falls do a great job in that.  We know the citizens have our back and they support us and that means a lot to us," said Gilmore.

Just this week a W.F.P.D. officer received an anonymous note on their car, thanking them and other officers for their service.

To date, Texas leads the nation with the most law enforcement, line of duty deaths.

This Friday is Blue Friday, where you can show your support law enforcement and their families by wearing the color blue.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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