Wife of Area Officer Fears for Family’s Safety After Ferguson Unrest
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The wife of an area police officer has removed family pictures from Facebook because she fears for her family’s safety.
The woman would only speak to KMOX if her name was not used.
She says she began to feel fearful the moment the protests and rioting in Ferguson began, and that’s when the Facebook photos were taken down and names were changed.
The woman says that the historic event has been a test on her marriage.
“How do you send somebody out the door at night when you know that they may not come back?” she asks. “I think it’s made both of us more appreciate for what we have. I think it has brought us closer, and I hope that it will continue to do so.”
She has sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon asking him to reinstate the curfew. She is critical of him for making “political decisions,” and she believes Nixon has not spoken to the law enforcement that is in the trenches.
“These parties may never come to an agreement or to see one another’s sides,” the woman says. “But we have to figure out a way for everybody to co-exist peacefully, and I think Nixon really needs to step up to the plate and bring both sides to the table to find out how we can make that happen.”
In her letter to Nixon, the woman tells the governor he is making decisions to put law enforcement in harm’s way, writing, “I implore you to reinstate the curfew, allow our officers to use necessary force to stop the crime in Ferguson, as well as to protect themselves.”
She ends the letter with, “Sleep well tonight, Mr. Nixon, while those of us who stand behind those with a badge will not.”
The woman has not heard back from Nixon, nor does she expect to.
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