Congratulations on another losing response.

You cite Parkland. Even the commission created to investigate the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unanimously described Peterson’s response as “abysmal.” And the commission included other law enforcement officers.

In addition, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was removed from office in part because of his department’s handling of the incident.

Everybody remembers Parkland; nobody remembers Santa Fe, where responding officers immediately engaged the shooter. One of the officers was critically wounded but the other officer wounded the shooter and took him into custody.

You repeatedly cite a single incident as being indicative of a general rule. You also ignore the rationale for the actions or decisions.

More important, none of the examples you cited have anything to do with the the fact that police do the job they were hired to do.

You don’t have a leg to stand on. In the first four months of 2020, Houston police officers responded to more than 65,000 calls. That’s not counting traffic stops and similar incidents. That’s people calling for help and the police responding. That’s what they were hired to do; that’s what we want police to do. I imagine that most police departments do the same.

Incidentally, you chose to ignore my challenge to press for an expansion of police duties to include protection of those who have obtained restraining orders.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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