Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said today on “America’s News Headquarters” that police badges have become targets.

Lewis revealed that he just sent an email to all of his personnel, urging them to discontinue wearing anything affiliated with law enforcement while off-duty as a means of protecting themselves and their families.

“It’s a scary, scary time for law enforcement,” he said.

Lewis remarked that the overwhelming majority of Americans support law enforcement, but he said part of society hates police officers. He also charged Black Lives Matter with perpetuating violence.

“We’ve got police officers right now who are hesitating to do their jobs and hesitating to use deadly force, and when you hesitate, you die,” he said. “There are cemeteries across this country that are full of great cops who hesitated to pull that trigger and died.”

On the other hand, some scared police officers will pull the trigger in an instant, Lewis said.

Lewis also sounded off on remarks made by Julius Jones, of Black Lives Matter.

Jones told CNN, “When people say ‘all lives matter,’ it’s actually a violent statement because the only time that people say ‘all lives matter’ is in opposition to Black Lives Matter, and it’s the most violent statement of love that you can do.”

“That’s a racist, ludicrous statement he just made right there,” Lewis said.


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