, Sept. 3, 2015:
Some of it "goes with the territory." Police have always been injured or killed in the line of duty. But this feels differently -- like "open season" -- and law-enforcement brass say they have become "hyper-vigilant" since the killings of two New York City police officers who were ambushed last December in their patrol car.
Police feel apprehensive when approached now by strangers; there is the sensation, as one put it, that they are "under siege." A sheriff in Houston described a "dangerous national rhetoric that is out there today" (much propelled by social media), saying it "has gotten out of control." The "Black Lives Matter" movement is cited as part of the influence. (All lives matter -- greatly.)