One despicable politician in Dallas is refusing to honor murdered police officers – essentially blaming the officers themselves for their own assassination.
County Commissioner John Wiley Price voted to oppose a resolution to honor the officers on Wednesday. It was largely a ceremonial vote that was expected to pass unanimously, but Price abstained on the motion, saying the fallen officers should not be honored.
The honor – which passed despite Price’s opposition – was for five police officers who were gunned down simply for being police officers.
As the one-year anniversary of the deadly ambush approached, the Dallas County Commission was voting on a resolution to make July 5 a day to honor all fallen law enforcement officers. All of the commissioners voted “yes” except for Price.
“Abstained,” yelled Price after the vote, CBS Dallas reports. “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.”
Police associations were livid.
“Once again, we have an elected official who is showing complete disregard and disrespect to the men and women who protect this city,” said Sgt. Michael Mata of the Dallas Police Association.
Mata demanded an apology, but when the local television station tried to contact the commissioner’s office, they hung up on him. When asked by another station if he would apologize, he told them: “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.”
This isn’t the first time Price has made headlines – in a bad way. The commissioner, who represents Downtown Dallas, has been charged with 11 charges of bribery and fraud.
Price is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and four counts dealing with tax evasion. The other six counts accuse him of deprivation of honest services by mail fraud. Price’s chief of staff, Dapheny Fain, is charged with helping him with his alleged scheme.