I got up and stood in the rain (and then, the sun) to watch the procession of police cars, fire trucks and motorcycles for the funeral of slain SPS police officer, Timothy Brenton. It was very moving.
I did a 6-month stint as a volunteer investigator for the Public Defenders office. I had the opportunity to interview many police officers. They are an interesting group and while I'm not sure I agree with how every suspect gets handled, I found them all to be professionals.
It's not like firefighters where everyone says all the time, "Oh good, here come the firefighters." People are not always happy to see cops.
This incident is particularly chilling because the two officers, Brenton and Sweeney, were not investigating a crime nor had they stumbled on a crime in progress. Someone looked for a police car, found it and fired into it. This murderer(s) are still at large. (I have faith that people who are this low are also stupid and will brag. I predict it won't be finding the car or the weapon; it will be someone's big mouth that will bring him to justice.)
Thank you Officer Brenton and Officer Sweeney.