Retired police officers react to police killings

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 19:16:08-04

Retired law enforcement personnel from WNY are reacting to the fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rough, Louisiana with sadness and dismay.

"I was very heartbroken, saddened, upset . . . all those emotions came into play.  It was almost like a tsunami that came towards me.  They were very, very long days," said Steven Padin, a 25-year retired veteran of the Buffalo Police Department and church security consultant for "The Watchman's Academy."

"They were terrible.  People have to start to listen to one another, but the attacks themselves, there is no excuse for violence against these police officers," added John Glascott, the recently retired Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services.

It is expected that the police killings will result in more emphasis on making sure police have proper training to protect themselves especially with firearms.

"You don't know who you are dealing with anymore and it makes it scary . . . very scary," commented Miguel Rivera, a retired 23-year member of the Buffalo Police Department who is now a firearms instructor.

7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly talked with the three retirees about the recent events in Dallas and Baton Rouge.