Staring in the face of the death of one of his officers for the third time in four years, a black police chief rejected the politically correct refrain of “black lives matter” to ask if all lives matter.
Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton was shot multiple times Saturday night during what appears to be a routine traffic stop, with a passer-by using the officer’s radio to call for help, according to CNN. Bolton, 33, died after being taken to the hospital. The killer remains at large.
“As a community we say so often as a theme — black lives matter,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said while speaking with reporters. “And at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, do all lives matter? Regardless of race, creed, color, economic status, what profession that person holds.”
“All lives matter,” he added. “And this is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is.”
WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Armstrong said of Bolton’s death. “This is a very difficult time, not only for me as director, but for all the officers you see standing behind me.”
Armstrong came back to the “black lives matter” theme later in the news conference.
“One life is too many, but how do you put a value on somebody’s life?” he asked. “How do you say one life is more important than another.”
The Memphis Police Department posted this notice on its Facebook page asking for help in identifying the murderer:
On August 1, 2015 at approximately 9:18pm Communications was alerted by a citizen through one of our officer’s radios…
Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Saturday, August 1, 2015
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