The county commissioner of Dallas has voted against honoring slain policemen for a disgusting reason.
To commemorate the anniversary of the death of five police officers who were gunned down last year at a Black Lives Matter protest, the Dallas County Commission voted on a resolution to make July 7 a day to honor all fallen law enforcement officers.
All other commissioners voted “yes,” except for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.
“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,” Price said after he abstained from the vote, KTVT reported.
Price also suggested that police brought the shootings upon themselves because of unjust police violence, Fox 4 reported.
As expected, the commissioner’s vote and comments drew outrage.
“Once again, we have an elected official who is showing complete disregard and disrespect to the men and women who protect this city,” Sgt. Michael Mata of the Dallas Police Association said, reported KTVT.
Mata also asked Price to apologize.
Despite the backlash, KDFW reported that Price is not backing down on his comments.
“Not in this lifetime,” he said. “The last time I checked, my God had all lives matter. That’s what I said, and that’s what I stick with.”
Mata told KDFW there was a time and place for everything, but Price’s remarks on that particular day about that subject were out of line.
“Any other day of the week, I would agree with him. But on a day where we lost five officers who were murdered on the streets in the city of Dallas from hateful rhetoric — whether it’s from the police side of the community or the community to the police — is not the day that you do it,” Mata said.
“He chose to make that day about him and not about the men and women who gave their lives for the citizens of Dallas,” the sergeant added.
Price’s refusal to honor police who were murdered protecting their city is disgraceful. Thankfully, the resolution still passed, and flags across the country will be lowered Friday to honor our fallen police.
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