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In Texas the other day, a man came up behind a sheriff’s deputy, Darren Goforth, and emptied fifteen (15) bullets into the officer from close range.  The suspected shooter, Shannon J. Miles, who is now in custody, had previously been arrested, for assault, but was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2012.  He was sent to a state mental hospital for six months. Miles was determined to be competent and sent back to Travis County, Texas, for trial, but prosecutors could not find the assault victim and the case was dropped.

How is it that this guy, Miles, is able to get a gun and cut down a law enforcement officer, execution style? Some are suggesting that race might have played a role as Miles is black and Goforth was white.  I don’t know if that’s the case but we’ve got to stop killing each other. The  needed national dialogue about race and police brutality won’t always be cordial or polite. But it sure beats killing one another.

President Obama has been unjustifiably criticized by the usual assortment of right-wing crazies and extremist knuckleheads such asRudy Giuliani and Adam West for the “open season” on law enforcement.

Horsefeathers.  In fact, President Obama signed into law the so-called “Blue Alert” system creating a national alert network to help authorities find people who kill, injure or make imminent threats against police. saying: “It’s important for us not only to honor their memory, it’s also important for us to make sure that we do everything we can to help ensure the safety of our police officers when they’re in the line of duty.”
After this recent killing in Texas, the President called Deputy Goforth’s widow and offered his condolences and later emphasized that “[t]argeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society.”

(As I write this, another police officer has been shot and killed – in Fox Lake, Illinois. God help us.)

-Karim

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