The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:
So this is our world? A 47-year-old man pumping gas in suburban Houston is ambushed and assassinated, for no apparent reason beyond his Harris County sheriff’s deputy uniform?
Another day, another slaying. Today, a criminal suspect is killed; tomorrow, a police officer falls. Moral equivalency isn’t the issue, as much as the numbing drumbeat of death.
Deputy Darren Goforth was doing what any of us might have been doing Friday night. Investigators say a lone suspect approached from behind and shot into the back of his head. Goforth went down; the gunman kept shooting, 15 times before fleeing into the darkness.
Investigators soon arrested Shannon J. Miles, 30, of Houston and found a .40-caliber handgun at his home. He faces a capital murder charge and is jailed without bail. He has said little about why he might have targeted an officer. Authorities say he has a lengthy criminal record, including resisting arrest and weapons violations.
Whatever more we learn, nothing will bring back Goforth, a 10-year veteran who leaves a wife and two young children. Bullets fired do not return.
“If I sound lost and unsure, it’s because I am,” Anderson finally wrote. “I truly cannot make any sense of what is happening in this country, and I am grasping for any answers.”
Black lives matter? All lives matter? “Well, cops’ lives matter, too,” said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. Miles is black; Goforth was white. Only the gunman can tell you whether that mattered Friday night.
Sadly, that seems so long ago.
We can only hope he’s right. The alternative is too miserable to contemplate.
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