Law enforcement from across the Rio Grande Valley gather for the first time at the Cameron County Courthouse to remember fallen Heroes.
The Cameron County District attorney’s office holds a memorial as part of National Police Week. The event is one of many nationwide that remembers those committed to upholding the law. They remember 54 officers and six K-9 units that died while on duty in the past year.
Along with remembrance, local law enforcement worry about anti-police rhetoric heard nationwide.
District Attorney Luis Saenz believes “law enforcement these days is under attack by misfits and people that would seek to undermine our democracy.”
Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez also believes the anti-cop rhetoric is affecting nationwide recruitment rates but is unsure if that same rhetoric is felt locally. He says, “We don’t really see that here in the valley. I think the Valley is very well united and supports its law enforcement community and we’re honored because we couldn’t do this job without our community’s support.”
What do you think? We have a poll on our Facebook page, asking, “Is law enforcement under attack?”