Prosecutors Can’t Think About Dangers of Job Or “You’d Be Paralyzed”


The brazen slayings of two Texas prosecutors have prompted heightened security in courthouses throughout the state while underscoring what experts say are the inherent dangers facing people in public office, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. As teams of investigators sought to find a motive behind the attacks, officials in Texas public buildings further beefed up security. Rep. Phil King, a Fort Worth policeman for 15 years, said the attacks served as another dark reminder of the risks of public service, whether the official is a law officer or a lawmaker. “In this day and age, whether it’s Gabby Giffords or a local county attorney, everybody has to be more attentive to security issues.” Over the last century, 14 prosecutors have been killed, says the National District Attorneys Association. Erik Nielsen, a former prosecutor and now training director for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, said, “It’s something that I think every prosecutor thinks about but doesn’t really focus on,” he said. “You’d be paralyzed if you thought that everybody you put away is trying to hurt you.”

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