In Philadelphia, Officer Chuck Cassidy was gunned down in cold blood on Halloween Morning at a store while he made his morning rounds. The murderer, who was in the middle of an armed robbery, just turned around and shot Officer Cassidy in the face then took his service weapon as he laid on the ground wounded.
Chuck was a good friend of my younger brother, and to many kids he was a mentor. The Officer would spend hours at a time talking to my brother at the Precinct. My Mom told me a story that Chuck would always tell his wife he didn't eat lunch that day because he didn't have any money; the truth was he would buy food for other officers and youth that he was trying to keep off drugs. Putting others ahead of himself was a way of life for Officer Chuck Cassidy.
Chuck could be a DPD Officer, a loved one, a friend.
What did the citizens of Philadelphia do in response? They put a reward of $158,000 on the killer's head. According to officials, nearly $500,000 was available in pledges to find this dirtbag. Tips poured in, and the killer was caught in Miami within days.
Imagine if we had such a fund in Dallas. I appreciate Schepps Dairy and the other folks that are doing their part, but if we can build grand buildings then a fund like this can be started in our city by our great philanthropists.
We have to do something to stem the violence. A large fund like this would bring closure to many families, and make sure killers don't run free and hurt other families.