The deaths that occurred a week ago are all tragedies, and emotions are still running high. It has been said that some officers are planning a protest on Monday morning. Since no one else will say it, I will. I hope that cooler heads can prevail here, and no protest takes place on Monday or any other day.
No one is trying to minimize any of the tragedies that have occurred.
While I have never been an officer, I have had a family member shot in the line of duty as a police officer. He got shot because he assisted on a arrest after his shift was over and and didn't have his vest. He lived because the bullet hit a couple of inches from where it would have been fatal. I sat in that emergency room wondering if our family member was going to pull through. I've been to the funerals of Dallas Police Officers and Fire Rescue members who have been killed, and I sat with you. My brother has applied to be in the police academy back home. I am with you.
But while some of you are planning protests and the like, remember this: people in my generation are looking to you all as leaders, ambassadors, and protectors of this City. Your work is respected and valued, and we take our cues from how the older generation handles life in times of stress, grief, and anger.
This city needs to heal. I understand you are hurting. We all are. Please don't go through with this protest. Please let our City heal and move forward the best it can.