NUTLEY, NJ - Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the Orlando Florida police department was fatally shot and Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was struck and killed by a car on the hunt for the suspect Markeith Loyd on Monday January 9.

Nutley Public Affairs Commissioner Steven LF Rogers addressed the recent killings of the police officers in Orlando, FL.

“It goes point of the career criminals back out on the streets. They should not be allowed out on the streets,” he explained. “What we need to address is mandatory life in prison to those who have a career in terrorizing citizens and killing police officers,” he continued.

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“My heart goes out to the police officers killed. To those people who let them out [of prison], I don’t know how they sleep at night,” he said. Monday was also National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The township requested in a press release for residents to wear blue clothing, send a card to the Nutley Police Department, share a story about a positive experience on social media, ask children to write letters and participate in Project Blue Light, display a blue light in support of law enforcement and to thank an officer when you see one. “The real way to show support for these heroes is to give them the tools to do their job,” Rogers explained.

“Take politics out of policing such as Ferguson and Baltimore. Politicians got involved in operations and told officers to stand down, not to put down rioters. Political correct policing policies advanced by politicians are damaging and preventing officers from doing their job,” he told TAPinto.Rogers is currently running for Governor in New Jersey.

Officer Debra Clayton was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant at her funeral at the First Baptist Church in Orlando on Saturday. The 24 year old is the mother of two young children and is known throughout Orlando for her work with children.