2019 a dangerous year for law enforcement


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The attack on the Ozark police officer Tuesday night continues the streak of violence against law enforcement officers.

This is the latest attack on law enforcement officers in what is shaping up to be one of the most violent years for those in the line of duty.

“It’s awful,” Governor Kay Ivey said earlier this month. “There’s no reason for this, people have just given up on cherishing life itself whether you’re law enforcement or anybody else. It’s a sad situation we find ourselves in.”

Just on Monday, a disorderly/trespassing call turned violent for two Dothan police officers. When responding to a call at the 1300 block of West Main Street, the suspect, 38-year-old Steven Lawrence, reportedly beat and bit the officers before they took him into custody.”

“Apparently the guy was so intoxicated by whatever he was on, you know, one of those superhuman strength kind of deals where it took multiple officers,” Lt. Doug Magill said.

Just last month, Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams was killed while responding to a call at a gas station.

Williams was the fifth Alabama law enforcement officer to die from gunfire in the line of duty.

“The man was well known,” Sheriff Donald Valenza said shortly after Williams’ death. “Just a very very likable man, always known for his smile, good family, good sheriff, everybody knew him. Everybody in the association felt the world of him.”

In all of 2018, two Alabama law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

There was one line of duty death statewide each year in 2016 and 2017 and four each year in 2014 and 2015.

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