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Loved ones worry while officers face danger in the streets

(Alex Giles | WBTV) (Alex Giles | WBTV)

It's been a long week for officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Since the fatal officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott last Tuesday, protests and riots have erupted in the streets of Charlotte.

While the those sworn to serve and protect police the city, their loved ones are stuck waiting for them to come home safely. 

"This week uniforms have been bloody, sweaty, covered in tear gas," a CMPD officer's wife told WBTV.

The wife and mother said she wanted to remain anonymous for the sake of her family's safety. She said her husband has worked several years in the CMPD and was on the front lines during the chaos that erupted in the streets last week.

She said she watched on live television as her husband and his colleagues tried to police the protests.

"You try to imagine what they're going through and what they're dealing with, and you have no idea. And it is really just a helpless, terrible feeling," said the officer's wife.

She said that because of the situation her husband hasn't gotten much sleep recently. She said he worked eight straight days and logged over 100 hours on-duty during that period. She said she often stays up until 3 or 4 a.m. to make sure he is okay before she goes to bed.

"It's just hard," she said. "I don't what else to say other than it's very difficult."

She said the situation has been surreal and hard for many families in the law enforcement community to handle.

"I could not believe that what was unfolding, was unfolding and I could not believe our officers were in the midst of that," the officer's wife said.

She said her hope is that this situation will bring the city together and that the public will realize that police officers are people too.

"Black, white, blue, it doesn't matter," she explained. "People are people. I know that's what I want people to know-they're people."

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