On Saturday, two McAllen, Texas police officers were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Officers Edelmiro Garza, Jr. 45, an eight-year veteran of the force, and Ismael Chavez, 39, a two-year veteran, were gunned down in cold blood as they approached the residence. The gunman then fatally shot himself.
It is a grim reminder of the danger our nation’s men and women in blue face every time they put on a uniform. But it’s not just their own lives that police put on the line each time they respond to a call. They are also placing a burden on their loved ones at home who pray each day for their safe return at the end of shift.
The message came through loud and clear in the heart-rending open letter to her father that Chavez’s teenage daughter, Savannah, posted to Twitter.
words cannot describe the pain I’m in, but I’m glad my dad is at peace. you were an amazing man and anyone who ever came across you knew that. I’m going to miss you so much. you died doing what you loved most, you died a hero. i love you daddy, see you soon. #bluelivesmatter 💙 pic.twitter.com/GuVIO6jxi3
— Savannah Chavez (@sweeetsav) July 12, 2020
Even at a time when the nation is bitterly divided over the issue of policing, you might expect liberals to recognize boundaries — to respect this young woman’s grief by either offering their condolences or, failing that, remain silent. Sadly, that has not proved to be the case. Here are some of the comments that were posted:
aww rip him ;anyways , BLM. sign the petitions , & justice for BREONNA TAYLOR , VANNESSA GULLIEN , ELIJAH MCCLAIN , & MANY MORE
— 🍭 (@maaakayl) July 12, 2020
Being a cop was a choice and he doesn’t have to live with it every day he could have quit unlike all black people in America. He could have been a good dude but blue lives don’t matter as much as black lives
— Ty (@that_girl_tylor) July 12, 2020
Read the room pic.twitter.com/UKeU41cX0t
— Justice Canton (@MeyersJustice) July 12, 2020
actually im not sorry😹 ACAB.
— des. ACAB. BLM. (@Destinyskata) July 12, 2020
What is the world coming to?