Saturday, a Texas sheriff criticized the “national rhetoric” of the Black Lives Matter movement for the death of a local deputy saying “drop the qualifiers — lives matter.”
Authorities have taken a 30-year-old man into custody for allegedly ambushing a uniformed sheriff’s deputy and firing multiple shots.
Shannon J. Miles is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting Friday night of Matthew Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says there is no evidence so far that Goforth knew Miles and the attack was “clearly unprovoked.” During a press conference Hickman also made it a point to speak on “the dangerous national rhetoric that is out there today.”
“Our system of justice absolutely depends upon law enforcement to be present to protect our community,” He said. “So ay any point when the rhetoric ramps up to where calculated, cold-blooded assassinations of police officers happen, 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 say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank.”
While police are trying to officially determine what motivated the shooting, Hickman says their assumption is that it was a targeted anti-police killing.