President Obama Calls Widow of Slain Texas Officer; Says Targeting Police is ‘Completely Unacceptable’

(Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)
(Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)

President Obama called the widow of the Texas sheriff’s deputy gunned down at a gas station Friday night, calling violence against police “completely unacceptable” and calling on Americans to stand up for the safety of police officers.

The White House said Obama called Kathleen Goforth from Air Force One Monday on his way to Alaska, and offered condolences. She is the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, whose death has recieved national attention because authorities believe it may be linked to a backlash over police shootings of unarmed black men. On Monday, 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles was arraigned on Monday on a murder charge that could bring the death penalty.

In a statement, Obama asked for support of police families.

“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,” Obama said in the statement. “Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society.”

SOURCE: Gregory Korte
USA TODAY

President Obama’s full statement is below.

This afternoon, on my way to Alaska, I called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth – a veteran law enforcement officer who was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend. 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. As I said in my State of the Union Address, we’ve got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift. That comfort has been taken from Mrs. Goforth. So we must offer her our comfort – and continue to stand up for the safety of police officers wherever they serve.

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