Recent police incidents raising awareness for local officers and the public

Posted at 11:21 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 23:21:33-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Interactions between the public and police, have been strained on both sides for months, after a string of violent confrontations.

Just several days ago, a Chesterfield Police Officer was shot at while undercover.

When he's been pulled over by a police officer, John Boyd said he typically knows he's done something wrong on the road.

He said he has respect for law enforcement, and knows they have a tough job at times, especially when it comes to traffic stops.

"He doesn't know what's in there, he's got a video camera and his but, but still," said Boyd.

Traffic StopHowever, with recent events involving the police and public, there's no denying that tensions can oftentimes run high when it comes to interactions.

"It has raised awareness, but it's also raised concerns and maybe even fears," said Dana Schrad with the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

In Phoenix, an officer was seriously injured after being shot during a traffic stop just days ago.

"It's one of the most risky things an officer can do, is pull someone over in a traffic stop," said Schrad.

Schrad said when these kinds of incidents happen, it does put officers a little more on their guard.

"There needs to be a balance between an officer treating the individual in a professional and courteous and safe manner but also looking out for his own safety and the safety of bystanders," said Schrad.