Hours after the nation's top law enforcement official pledged Tuesday to stem a surge in police killings across the country, an Athens-Clarke County officer was gunned down in the line of duty.
Coming when it did, the shooting death of senior police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian seemed to punctuate the serious increase in police deaths that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pointed to when he offered the full extent of the Justice Department's authority to help protect officers.
"It's a tragic illustration of the point that the attorney general was making," Sally Yates, U.S. attorney for Georgia's Northern District, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. "It's a really chilling thing. Guns can be purchased almost as easily as gum, and our police officers are being shot at an alarming rate."
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