Violence Against Law Enforcement Raising Concern in Ohio
Updated: Friday, April 5 2013, 07:51 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- A recent rash of violence against law enforcement officials in the U.S. has central Ohio prosecutors and police on high alert.
Two prosecutors from the same Texas county have been killed this year, while law enforcement workers have also been murdered in West Virginia, Colorado, and Mississippi in recent months.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David DeVillers is one of thousands of Americans familiar with the potential danger inherent in a career in law enforcement. The former Franklin County assistant prosecutor told ABC 6/FOX 28 he and his family were threatened in 2000 while he made a case against a reputed gang leader.
"We had SWAT protection because they had credible information that somebody was going to blow up our house, and they said they would kill my wife and kids," DeVillers said.
Despite the risk, DeVillers said he would not consider pulling out of a case because of threats of violence.
"We knew going in this was a possibility," he said. "I don't think any prosecutor doesn't think about the danger, but it is part of the job".
Reporter: Lu Ann Stoia
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