Obama on Killing of TX Deputy: Targeting Cops ‘An Affront to Civilized Society’
President Obama issued a statement tonight on the killing of a Harris County, Texas deputy this past weekend. Deputy Darren Goforth was shot in the back in what some authorities believe was a deliberate targeting of a law enforcement official.
The president acknowledged that in his statement tonight, saying he spoke with Goforth’s widow to offer his condolences:
This afternoon, on my way to Alaska, I called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth – a veteran law enforcement officer who was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend. On behalf of the American people, I offered Mrs. Goforth my condolences, and told her that Michelle and I would keep her and her family in our prayers. I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day. They put their lives on the line for our safety. Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable – an affront to civilized society. As I said in my State of the Union Address, we’ve got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift. That comfort has been taken from Mrs. Goforth. So we must offer her our comfort – and continue to stand up for the safety of police officers wherever they serve.
Sheriff Ron Hickman reacted to the shooting on Saturday by saying “dangerous” anti-cop rhetoric needs to stop and “cop lives matter too.”
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