EXTRA: Police Speak Out
West Alabama reporter George McDonald has this Alabama News Network Extra.
The recent police shootings of unarmed blacks have had a far-reaching impact all over the country. Some local police are talking about the challenges they’re facing as a result.
Local officers say being a police officer has become an even more dangerous job since the police shootings.
They say police have become targets themselves with several officers being shot and killed.
According to statistics black Americans are two and a half times more likely than white Americans to be shot and killed by police.
“They may fear that when I approach them on calls,” said Selma police officer Matthew Smyly.
“But that goes back to what people has read and seen on TV. All that stuff you see on TV, its not happened in little ol’ Selma as people say, could it happen? Yes, it could very well happen.”
A 2014 Pew Research poll found that while most Americans generally hold a favorable view of their local police, it found blacks and Latinos have less faith in local police than whites do.