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Martin County Sheriff William Snyder: Elected leaders need to do more to support law enforcement

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is calling on elected leaders nationwide to do more to support the law enforcement officers in their own communities.

This comes after recent deadly shootings of law enforcement officers.

Snyder knows the killings of law enforcement is nothing new and has been happening for centuries. But, he says growing tension and anger directed toward those wearing the badge needs to stop.

Snyder did not single out any specific local leaders, but said all elected officials set the tone in their communities. With that authority, he says they should be speaking out in support or law enforcement and the risks they take to keep communities safe.

"We will gladly sacrifice our lives for a safer community, but we don't want to feel it's in vain," Snyder said.

He echoes others nationally who worry that outcry against law enforcement is overshadowing all the good work that the majority of police officers and deputies are trying to accomplish.

"This entire black lives matter, these lives matter, cops lives matter is really a false narrative. The truth is that all lives matter. Law enforcement personnel will sacrifice their life for the betterment of their community. But, they need support from people in the community and people in elected office," Snyder said.

Snyder spoke with his deputies following the police shooting in Illinois. He says he tells them he has their back and doesn't want them to second guess themselves. He reminds them to use their training and never hesitate to protect themselves.

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