The President of the Sacramento Police Officer's Association sat down with FOX40 to reflect on the slayings of two New York City police officers.
"If that had been myself being in that patrol car, I would have been just as susceptible of that attack," said President of the union, Dustin Smith.
Saturday, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot inside their patrol car by 28-year old shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley in Brooklyn.
He said the double murders came as a harsh reality check for all men and women in uniform.
"You come to work and you go out to protect your community, and whatever you encounter that day, whatever happened to you that day, you didn't get to go home," Smith said. "Hopefully everyone in your community got to go home, but you didn't."
The priority of course is to protect and serve, many times though, the risks of the job are overlooked until one of their own falls victim.
"It does make you alert again, and some of the little things that you may have started to slack on as far as protocol at a stop or just that hyper vigilance you generally carry as a police officer, as you start to let your guard down, definitely more alert after what had happened in New York," he said.
Meanwhile, in New York City, tensions are brewing between city government and the police department. This came after Mayor Bill De Blasio publicly supported protesters,, who wanted a conviction for the police officer who placed Eric Garner in a lethal chokehold in July.
After the killings of Officers Liu and Ramos, the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York stated that Mayor De Blasio was to blame.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has also been criticized for being outspoken about his disapproval of the indictments in both Missouri and New York. He released this statement Saturday:
“I am outraged and horrified by the cold blooded murder of two New York City Police Officers. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s families, the New York City Police Department, and the citizens of New York City. I have reached out to Mayor Bill De Blasio and have offered my condolences and the full support of mayors from across the country. An attack on police officers of any kind violates our sensibilities and shakes our community's confidence to the core."
"I don't live in New York. I don't work in New York. What I can tell you is, I trust my brothers and sisters in New York and the way they are representing our officers and if that is the feel and will of their members, then you have to look at it and ask, 'Is there any truth in that?'" Smith countered.
He hopes political agendas do not get in the way of fulfilling their main purpose as peace officer- to protect and serve.
"We do great things in the city of Sacramento, and our police officers do great things, and I think that is recognized by out local politicians, and the people who represent us at the state level," Smith said. "We want to keep an open dialogue with our city government, and community, and take our level of greatness and better it even further."