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My Take: Join me in supporting our local law enforcement officers

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

I am appalled at the number of stories we see these days involving police officers being killed or wounded.
 
On Sunday, Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Ponder was shot and killed during an interstate pursuit. Last month, Deputy Sheriff Darren GoForth was ambushed while pumping gas. Pumping gas.
 
In August alone, six police officers were killed by gunfire in the U.S. So far this year, 38 officers have died at the hands of others. That’s down twenty-six percent from this time last year, but it’s still very disturbing. That number should be zero.
 
Seeing the number of people wearing blue two weeks ago to support law enforcement officers gives me hope those who are sworn to protect us will be protected themselves. Here at WIS a majority of our employees chose to wear blue.
 
On Saturday, which is National “Thank a Police Officer Day,” the wives of South Carolina Law Enforcement officers were be joined by spouses, siblings, parents, friends and children at the State House to honor officers. Organizers are expecting 400-500 people, including State Representatives Chip Huggins and Bill Taylor. The public was invited.
 
I have great respect for our nation’s law enforcement officers. Sure, not all of them are good, upstanding citizens, but a large majority of them follow the laws they enforce. Join me in showing you support for those who keep us safe.

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