A Dallas County commissioner refused to vote for a day honoring the five law enforcement officers who lost their lives when they were ambushed one year ago.
Clip via DFW CBS News local
An entire nation was horrified as they watched the five Dallas-area officers targeted and gunned down on July 7, 2016.
In what should have been a no-brainer, the Dallas County Commission voted to commemorate the anniversary of that day by honoring the fallen officers.
And it was a no-brainer — except for one — Commissioner John Wiley Price.
Not only did he refuse to vote in favor of what should have been a pro-forma resolution, he appeared to blame the cops themselves for their own murder, by stating that the resolution ignored alleged acts of police misconduct resulting in the loss of life.
“Abstained,” Price shouted after the vote, according to Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate News 11. “It’s interesting in this country how you again continue to try to frame a narrative with regards to other people who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement. Any loss of life is bad.”
The pro-law enforcement organization Blue Lives Matter saw Price’s actions as nothing less that “blaming police officers for the assassinations.”
Just as outrageous as his abstention, Price and his staff refused to offer an explanation for it. When the station called to get his side, instead of an explanation, a staffer hung up on News 11.
Not exactly “Profiles in Courage” material. News 11 reported:
Price, who represents downtown, south and southeast Dallas, has been in office since 1985. In April, he was cleared of 7 of 11 charges in a federal bribery and fraud trial. Price had been in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors for years.
Local police had plenty to say, however.
“Once again, we have an elected official who is showing complete disregard and disrespect to the men and women who protect this city,” said Sgt. Michael Mata of the Dallas Police Association.
“I think the public would want him to do the right thing and apologize,” Mata added. But no one’s holding their breath.
The event went on, however, without Price’s blessing — and probably without his attendance.
— Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) July 8, 2017
— Kaley O’Kelley (@kaleyokelley) July 8, 2017
— Brian New (@BrianNewCBS) July 7, 2017
— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) July 7, 2017
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