FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – A Frankfort Police officer from Ferguson, Missouri talks to News 18 about the unrest in his hometown.
“It’s like any other town that you go to,” Deputy Chief Glenn Talbot said. “You get to know people and the people you went to school with, you know, your school was the best school there was.”
Talbot grew up in Saint Louis County where protests are underway after an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.
“Being from that part of town I feel bad for mom and grandpa that still live there because some of the places that they would go and shop aren’t going to be there at least for a while,” he said.
Talbot said the protests are not on the streets where his family members live.
“Mom wasn’t that concerned the first couple of days, about midway through the first week she started to get a little concerned,” Talbot said. “Most of the action that’s going on is on the main streets where the television cameras are. Nobody is in the neighborhoods anymore.”
It’s those neighborhoods that Talbot got to know police in and around Ferguson. Talbot said he had several run-ins with police before leaving Missouri to join the army, but it was that interaction that lead him to his own career.
“So when I thought about law enforcement I thought it was kind of cool that that circle of life sort of happened for me that I got to get back into law enforcement and try to do the same thing for people in my own town here,” he said.
When it comes to the protests, Talbot said his heart goes out to the officers working in Saint Louis County.
“I think it’s terrible that the police departments have got to dedicate so many time and resources to what appears to be just a show,” Talbot said.
He said he thinks all law enforcement agencies across the country will be able to learn from what happened in his hometown.
“I’m certain that when they look back at this situation they’re going to do an after action review and they’re going to find things that they wish they could have done better and hopefully that will get passed on from law enforcement agencies and everyone can learn from one particular situation,” Talbot said.
Talbot served in the Army for 14 years after graduating high school. After that he spent some time in Lafayette before moving to Frankfort.