A Facebook post by Sheriff Texas in response to a recent shooting involving police officers across the United States encountered various reactions online.
Sheriff Sheriff Doc Wigington of Throckmorton County posted on Friday on the office’s Facebook page warning his parents that he called it a “failure.”Respectful and responsible“Listen to authoritative people” Children.
“In the last few weeks of the news cycle, there was talk of a young man being shot by the police in some sort of quarrel,” Wigginton wrote. “The public has stated the need for more training, better deescalation tactics, and will soon jump to officers, including perhaps shooting the subject in the legs.”
His post was three crimes during the month he saw shootings involving several police officers, and in the 2020 death of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, an unarmed black man, George Floyd. Comes a few days after being convicted in. Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for a few minutes.
When Chauvin was convicted, police in Columbus, Ohio shot and killed a 16-year-old Makia Bryant seen in a body camera image. Rush to another girl With a knife, USA Today reported. Police were on the scene about 10 seconds before the shooting, according to the outlet.
On April 11, a 20-year-old black man, Daunte Wright, was shot deadly by police officers at the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.Instead of her taser, The Associated Press reported.
Only a few days later, 13-year-old Adam Toledo Raised his hand and shot him to death By a Chicago police officer. According to KXAS, Toledo was running down the alley on early April 16 when police officers stopped at Toledo and shouted to raise their hands.
Andrew Brown, Jr., a 42-year-old black man Deadly shot by a sheriff’s agent Raleigh News & Observer reported when they carried out a search warrant in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on April 21st.
Their deaths sent shock waves throughout the country, causing protests, anger and calls for police reform.
Wigginton defended police training in his post before blaming his parents for raising their children.
He also worked on a proposal that police should be trained and implement de-escalation tactics, stating that such tactics “work only if the subject is not angry and willing to listen.” It was.
“It’s not the job of a police officer to raise a child,” he wrote, “parents take responsibility for raising their children with respect and responsibility for actions that fail to listen to authoritative persons. I need to. “
He goes on to say that sometimes children are wrong and need to be disciplined.
“Jump to teachers, coaches, etc. For the rest of your life, children feel they can’t make mistakes and don’t have to follow the numbers of authority,” he said. Becoming a parent is usually a thing of the past, but please participate in your child’s life. “
His post was hit by various reactions.
Some commented that Wigington’s post did not address corruption and improper practices within law enforcement agencies.
“Sheriffs, with full respect, expect all parents to be protected and served by law enforcement, as the public expects. Unfortunately, many of your classes It takes out-of-court measures and easily corrupts, “writes one. “The good of law enforcement is polluted by those actions, especially when good turns its back when it witnesses evil.”
“It’s not necessarily about respect,” another person wrote. “Sometimes they need help, and I think officers need to be trained to deal with this situation.”
Others said they thought Wigginton was on target.
“It’s definitely a family problem in this country,” wrote one. “These young adults aren’t interested in anyone but themselves. It’s called making your child a friend, not discipline !!!”
Following his post, Wigginton spoke to KTXS and Addressed his comment Along with Chauvin’s trial, he called the actions of a former police officer a “leadership failure” and said he “should have lost power long ago.”
He added that his post wasn’t political, he just wanted to reach out to his parents and encourage them to step up.
“My post had nothing to do with race. Unless you want to count humanity, it has nothing to do with race,” he told the outlet. “Democrats, Republicans, or independents have nothing to do with political parties. They have nothing to do with it.”
Many law enforcement officers have vowed to do better after being convicted of Chauvin and shot by April police.
“justice Provided.. NYPD will go out tonight to ensure that peaceful demonstrations can proceed safely, “New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shay tweeted.
“The job of doing justice for George Floyd,” tweeted San Francisco Police Department chief William Scott. It doesn’t end today“People who are entrusted with law enforcement responsibilities must build trust where we have it, regain it where we lose it, and gain trust where we have never seen it before.” Must be. “
Marcus Dudley, Police Chief of Abilene, Texas, said: Keep trying To improve as our country begins to heal, “KTXS reported.
Throckmorton County is about two hours west of Fort Worth.