Without an actual motive for the killing that claimed the life of Texas deputy Darren Goforth, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Sheriff Ron Hickman lashed out at so-called anti-police rhetoric and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, suggesting they are to blame.
At a press conference asking for leads Saturday, Texas officials sought to create a nexus between the national outcry that has occurred in the wake of the killings of unarmed black men by police and the killing of 47-year-old Deputy Darren H. Goforth.
Suggesting there was a war on the police, D.A. Anderson said,
“It is time for the silent majority in this country to support law enforcement. There are a few bad apples in every profession. That does not mean that there should be open warfare declared on law enforcement. The vast majority of officers are there to do the right thing, are there because they care about their community and want to make it a safer place. What happened last night is an assault on the very fabric of society, it is not anything we can tolerate. It is time to come forward and support law enforcement and condemn this atrocious act.”
Sheriff Hickman doubled down on Anderson’s comments saying,
“Our system of justice absolutely depends upon law enforcement to be present to protect our community. So at any point when the rhetoric ramps up to where calculated, cold-blooded assassinations of police officers happen, this rhetoric has gotten out of control. We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter. Well cops lives matter too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank?”
The issue with their comments is they suggest a tie between so-called anti-cop rhetoric, Black Lives Matter and Goforth’s killing, despite the fact that the motive for the shooting is unknown.
There is no indication that the shooter was tied to any supposed anti-cop rhetoric or the Black Lives Matter movement. It is also worth mentioning that the Black Lives Matter movement is not against police, it is against police brutality.
As for some sort of war on police spurred by recent alleged anti-police sentiment, the numbers do not support such a claim. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a Washington, DC nonprofit that tracks law enforcement deaths, police officer killings are actually down from this time last year.
Deputy Goforth was shot multiple times, in the back as he refueled his patrol car at a Texas gas station, Friday.