- - Monday, September 7, 2015

The cold-blooded, ruthless murder of Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston is a despicable crime and its horrific impact is felt far and wide (“Shannon J. Miles, suspect in ambush of Houston-area deputy, held without bond,” Web, Aug. 31). Goforth was seemingly ambushed and his life eradicated simply because of the uniform he wore and his occupation as a law-enforcement officer.

The onslaught of recent attacks on police officers resulting in deaths is significant. The widespread and ever-increasing national loathing of public-safety officers is profoundly disturbing. The sentiments of those who remain focused on the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore appear to be displacing reason, rationality and any sense of bona fide morality when it comes to interactions with law-enforcement officers in other localities. The mere presence of a uniformed officer in jurisdictions throughout the country seems to evoke judgments already formulated, opinions solidified and conclusions already drawn.

The Black Lives Matter movement has become the theme of street chants, church orations and newspaper headlines. Sheriff Ron Hickman — who said recently, “We’ve heard ‘Black Lives Matter.’ All lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too” — is right on the money. Though Sheriff Hickman has been unfairly criticized for this statement, alleging that he has politicized this incident, he has pointed out a fact that some don’t want to acknowledge.

In a society that should embrace a depth of compassionate humanity and a respect for human life as well as the need for law and order, the tide seems to have turned to its lowest ebb. It is now time to say enough is enough and move forward to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the shared tenet of everyone valuing life and realizing that all lives do matter.



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