Something Feels Different

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Police officers have a dangerous job.

They’re also aware that they’re under a microscope right now.

But after the recent ambush killing of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, veteran officers say even though the amount of cop killings is similar to historical norms this year, something feels different.

The Los Angeles Times spoke with several law enforcement professionals about their feelings.

“Day to day, you’re a little more aware of your surroundings, you’re a little more skeptical of people,” said Rick Perine, a 17-year veteran of the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department.

“These days, if I don’t know you, I’m going to be extra guarded around you,” Perine said. “It is a different world.”

Other cops had similar feelings.


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