A seemingly psychotic Texas sheriff blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for the death of the deputy, claiming that the movement was responsible for “dangerous national rhetoric” regarding police. Instead of blaming the tension between citizens and police on police brutality and police shootings of unarmed civilians, the sheriff said: "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 just say ‘lives matter,’ and take that to the bank.”
Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Ambushed in ‘Execution-Style Killing,’ Manhunt Continues
By Elahe Izadi
A Texas sheriff’s deputy stopped to fill up his patrol car at a Harris County gas station Friday night when a man approached from behind and “literally shot him to death,” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said.
Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, died after being shot several times in what Hickman described as “an unprovoked, execution-style killing of a police officer.” Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the force, is survived by a wife and two children, ages 5 and 12.
|Deputy Darren Goforth.|
But in speaking about the incident, authorities also referenced the broader national conversation regarding the relationship between law enforcement and they communities they police. Hickman said there was a “dangerous national rhetoric” regarding police.
“At any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated, cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen — this rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Hickman said. “We’ve heard ‘black lives matter,’ ‘all lives matter.’ Well, cops’ lives matter too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier, and just say ‘lives matter,’ and take that to the bank.”