Maria Keena (@kmoxmaria)By Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Tim Fitch, St. Louis County’s former police chief, believes the weekend killing of three police officers nationwide is a direct result of Ferguson.

Fitch says since the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, in the St. Louis-area alone, five on-duty police officers have been shot.

Nationwide, 20 police officers have been shot and killed.

The police officer deaths are “really no surprise,” he says, and it was just a matter of time until it happened.

“Every time you pull over a car, every time you see a suspicious person behind a building at night, it’s certainly something that crosses your mind. And it’s something that crosses the minds of your family as you leave every day,” Fitch says of being an officer.

But he does not see the police deaths as a deterrent for recruiting new police officers.

“What does make them pause and think twice is when they have no support from politicians and members of the community, when they have to do their job and they do it right,” Fitch says. “That will give you more pause than any violence that’s out there in our community.”

He adds that nearly every politician in our area and many clergy nationwide have done nothing but blame the police.

Fitch contends it’s not the danger, it’s the second guessing and “whether or not they’re going to be the next Darren Wilson.”

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