Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz Blames President Obama For Murder Of Houston Deputy

| by Michael Allen

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blamed President Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Obama administration officials for the death of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot at a gas station near Houston, Texas, on Aug. 28.

Cruz was asked by journalists about Goforth's murder after a town hall meeting on Aug. 31 in Milford, New Hampshire, notes MSNBC, and replied:

"Cops across this country are feeling the assault. They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson (Missouri) or Baltimore (Maryland), the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.

"We are seeing a manifestation of the harsh rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement that is coming from the top all the way to the president of the United States and senior administration officials."

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Cruz didn't name one instance in which Obama, Lynch or senior administration officials have vilified the police. The Obama administration has condemned police brutality, which is a violation of U.S. law.

The Washington Post reported that guest after guest on Fox News this week have also condemned the Obama administration, in part, for the killing of Goforth.

President Obama released this statement about the murder of Goforth on Aug. 31:

"On behalf of the American people, I offered Mrs. Goforth my condolences, and told her that Michelle and I would keep her and her family in our prayers. I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day. They put their lives on the line for our safety. Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society."

According to FBI statistics from 2005-2012, nearly two black men were killed by a white police officer every week in the U.S., noted USA Today in 2014.

FBI statistics of these police acts of "justifiable homicide" come from voluntary reporting by states and cities, so actual numbers may be higher.

The Counted, an online crowd-sourced project by The Guardian, says 784 Americans have been killed by police this year, as of Sept. 2.

U.S. police kill more Americans in days than police in many developed nations kill in years, The Guardian noted in June.

Sources: The Washington Post, MSNBC, The Guardian, USA Today, The Counted, WFAA / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons