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OUR VIEW: Officers needed positive response following uncertainty

Every day, we're seeing and hearing great acts of kindness toward local law enforcement at a time it's desperately needed. We see it on social media almost daily. A local group -- a church, a day care, a business -- is doing something heartfelt t...

Every day, we're seeing and hearing great acts of kindness toward local law enforcement at a time it's desperately needed.

We see it on social media almost daily. A local group - a church, a day care, a business - is doing something heartfelt toward law enforcement officers. Stories have been told of kids bringing candy and cookies to the Mitchell Police Division. Nurses have cooked meals for officers. And, most importantly, people are telling police "thank you" now more than ever.

It sounds as if the acts are happening all over the country, too.

It's a great response to a very uncertain and difficult time to be a police officer.

Within days of each other in July, officers in different areas of the country were engaged in situations in which they used their duty weapon to result in a fatality of a citizen.

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Thirty-two-year-old Philando Castile was shot by a suburban St. Paul officer on July 6. Reports say Castile told the officer he was licensed to carry a weapon and was reaching for something when the officer shot Castile multiple times. Afterward, Castile's girlfriend streamed the scene live on Facebook.

That same day, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed by a Baton Rouge, La., officer, when witness video shows two officers had Sterling on the ground at the time of the shooting.

Then, in the following weeks, officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were shot and killed by gunmen who were targeting law enforcement personnel. Aside from those horrible acts, officers were forced to deal with protests and riots.

The job of a law enforcement officer has not been envious lately.

Though, the response by the country in many areas - including Mitchell and the surrounding region - has been phenomenal.

And while this may be reactive following a difficult time, we hope people continue to realize the importance of our officers and commend them for all their work.

Remember, these men and women leave their families every day to protect others. They absolutely deserve, at the very least, a thank you.

So we say cheers to all those folks who have taken time out of their day to do something great for our local public safety officials. We're certain those acts of kindness really mean a lot to our officers.

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