Ohio Officers Hope Anti-Police Violence Not Trend


Nearly a dozen police officers were shot in separate attacks nationwide over the weekend, including four shot Sunday in a Detroit police station.

Local officers said they like to believe bad things won't happen to them but are trained to be prepared for violence in nearly every call response they make.

"The fact is, there are officer who are injured or assaulted every day," said Sgt. Craig Bucheit, of Hamilton police.

Officers are trained to keep their guard up whether they're responding to a domestic dispute, serving a search warrant or making a traffic stop.

"That's why we're here, that's why we do the job we do in order to stand between the majority of people who are here, living and working and raising their families and those small minority of individuals who choose not to obey the law," Bucheit said.

Eric German is standing trial this week in connection with an attack on Middletown police Officer Jason Deaton during a traffic stop.

"He spun around and hit me on the left side of my face with his right hand," Deaton said.

Hamilton police officers said they've experienced a traffic stop turn violent.

"Sometimes things happen just like that, and you're thrown into it," said Officer Rich Burkhard, of Hamilton police.

Officers said they hope the recent violence against police doesn't become a trend.

Last year, 162 police officers were killed nationwide while in the line of duty, which represents a sharp increase over the previous year.

The FBI said assaults on police officers decreased in 2009, the last year for which data are available.

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