C. Kenneth "Ken" Meyer, the Thomas F. Sheehan Professor of Public Administration at Drake University, drew on decades' worth of research into violence against police officers during this live interview on Iowa Public Radio's "River to River" program. He helped to explain why officers are assaulted or killed while on patrol, how frequently such violence occurs, and what steps law enforcement officers can take to increase safety.
Meyer is the author of numerous research articles on this topic, most recently titled "Violence against Authority." He's also written a book, Ambush Related Assaults Against Police Officers: Violence at the Street Level. (Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1986).
During the same program, Steve Foritano, adjunct instructor of law at Drake University Law School, shared memories of his friend Anthony "Tony" Beminio, one of two police officers to be shot and killed in the line of duty last week in central Iowa.