Blue Lives Matter reported:
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price voted to oppose a resolution to honor murdered police officers, blaming police officers for the assassinations.
The Wednesday vote was supposed to be largely ceremonial, but gained unexpected opposition as Commissioner John Wiley Price argued that law enforcement should not be honored, according to Fox4.
“I think it’s interesting in this country how you again try to frame the narrative with regards to other people who’ve lost their life at the hands of law enforcement,” Price said. “No life is more important than any other life.”
Price said that ‘unjust police violence’ was the cause of the terrorist attacks against law enforcement, according to Fox4.
Sheriff Lupe Valdez argued that all officers killed in the line of duty deserve to be honored.
“It’s not that they died, because everybody dies. It’s how they died,” she said. “We need to continue as people in blue to make a difference so that both sides, both of us hurt when somebody dies — it’s not officers go home safely, it’s let’s all go home safely.”
Since being the only commissioner to vote against the resolution, John Wiley Price has refused to back down from his statements.
“Until we start to recognize all life, then no life is more important than any other life,” Price said.
Others have been voicing their disagreement with Price.
In April, prosecutors unsuccessfully prosecuted John Wiley Price, accusing him of using his public office to illegally take over $1 million. The jury deadlocked in the decision on four of the charges. Afterwards, prosecutors dropped the case.
Unjust police violence is fixed by determining who is doing wrong and removing them from their job. If a police officer is constantly doing things wrong, making the force look abusive, and taking advantage of his/her power for personal gains or reasons, then that person does not need to be a police officer anymore. Unjust police violence also needs to be looked at from open eyes with a look from every perspective. Was the violence really needed, or no? If no, then how does one control a situation with a different tactic such as a deescalation strategy? If violence has occurred, then retrain officers with new techniques so that violence is the last answer.
Now look at it from the other point of view – was the police violence a result of a suspect bringing violence to the situation, in which case violence was met with violence? Was a suspect failing to comply to direct police orders and causing a ridiculous scene, which we see far too often on crime videos. An officer asks someone nicely to do something, probably with the intent on issuing a warning or low-grade ticket, and the suspect blows things way out of proportion and goes all crazy. At that point the officer needs to toss the cuffs on the suspect to calm them down because talking rationally is no longer an option.
The best solution is for police officers to review dash cam videos and discuss ways to handle situations in an even better way. Constant learning and development training go a long way in a job that hard.
John Wiley Price and his blatant disrespect for police push community thoughts and feelings in the wrong direction. When Price starts talking, indirectly, about how police deserve to be killed or they brought this on themselves, then he’s not addressing the problem. He’s pushing relations in the wrong direction and that’s the problem.
Price could’ve used this as a teachable moment that focused on bringing communities together instead of splitting them.
Shame on John Wiley Price.