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Attacks on officers spark fear in police spouses

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The recent attacks on police officers are taking a toll on their families, and one spouse is speaking about the issue.

Bernadette Vega, the spouse of Bronda Davis, a Senior Corporal for Dallas Police’s Metro Task Force, told WFAA8 that her level of fear for Davis’ safety has never been higher. Vega quantified her fear on a scale of 1 to 10, saying “10 years ago it may have been a two or a three, and it’s a 10 today.”

“Anybody who says they don’t worry…it’s a lie,” says Vega. “She wears that uniform, and she’s a target.”

Bernadette Vega speaks about her growing fears for her wife who is a Dallas Police Officer. Screen shot from video.
Bernadette Vega speaks about her growing fears for her wife who is a Dallas Police Officer. Screen shot from video.

The couple feels the recent animosity towards law enforcement officers started after the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in 2014. But, it was last week’s execution-style murder of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth that has them worried the most.

“Anyone with that hatred can just walk up and shoot an officer for no reason, other than the fact that they’re wearing a uniform,” said Vega.

On Friday, Davis will put on her uniform and head to Houston as part of the Dallas Police Association representing the force at Goforth’s funeral services. She feels that the current anti-police rhetoric will eventually die down in time.

“Everything comes in cycles, and we just need to keep our heads up and keep doing our jobs and working hard,” she said.

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