When New York State Police trooper Nicholas Clark responded to a reported suicidal person barricaded in a home this month, the suspect gunned him down before taking his own life.
“A 29-year-old trooper, a stellar trooper with an extraordinary record, his whole life before him,” a grieving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference hours later. “Great athlete. Well accomplished. He wanted to do one thing — which was help people.”
Clark was not alone. His death followed those of over 70 brothers and sisters in blue across the country already this year.
The number of U.S. law enforcement officers who…