KCK CHIEF REVEALS FATAL SHOOTING OF CAPT. WAS NOT AN AMBUSH AND THEN RAGES AGAINST ANTI-POLICE SPEECH!!!
Police provide just a bit of data in today's presser that might be hard for some locals to accept given the rush to create culture war talking points and assign blame . . .
ABC News: Kansas Officer's Shooting Death Not an Ambush
However . . .
A statement from the KCK Chief of police deserves special attention . . .
Fox4: Kansas City, Kan. police chief says anti-police speech has to stop because it has fatal consequences
Here's the most relevant passage:
"This crime does not fit the national narrative of planned attacks against law enforcement officers but it does fit the narrative when it comes to the fact that words matter. That hate and anti-police speech has got to stop because the consequences are real. Our blue line just got a little thinner yesterday with the loss of Captain Melton. This incident involved a suspect who committed a violent crime in our community and murdered Captain Melton as a result of trying to avoid being apprehended. But make no mistakes, officers of the Kansas City, Kan. Police Department will continue to fight for the safety of our community and we will not apologize for confronting evil and removing it from our community. Our citizens deserve to live in a community that is free of crime," said Chief Zeigler."
Strong words and the Chief was clearly gripped by emotion during the press conference . . .
However . . .
IS THE STATEMENT OF THE CHIEF CORRECT GIVEN THE TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES OR IS HE MAKING UNFAIR ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE NATURE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT CRITICISM???
In fact, the overwhelming sentiment from most of the community following this tragedy has been sympathy and support for local police that should continue during a candlelight vigil this evening.
You decide . . .