In the wake of the horrifying shooting of Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the force, Harris County residents and law enforcement have chosen peace and solidarity and refused hate and rage.
“District Attorney Devon Anderson and Sheriff Ron Hickman provided the necessary leadership to unite people not only in Harris County but throughout the country,” said Harris County Republican Party Chairman, Paul Simpson. “Over the weekend we saw a response from our Republican leadership in law enforcement unparalleled in this country. Sheriff Hickman and District Attorney Anderson were a calm and uniting force focused on justice for officer Goforth and the message that lives matter.”
Hickman was careful to avoid jumping to conclusions or using rhetoric that could escalate the sensitive situation, "The general climate of that kind of rhetoric can be influential on people to do things like this. We're still searching to find out if that's actually a motive," he said. Hickman made an emotional appeal that "Cops lives matter, too," and added “So why don't we just drop the qualifier and just say Lives Matter, and take that to the bank."
Speaking the morning after the shooting, Anderson called for the public to unite behind our law enforcement saying, “The vast majority of officers are there to do the right thing because they care about the community and strive to make it a safer place. What happened last night is an assault on the very fabric of society. It is not anything that we can tolerate.”
Devon Anderson and Ron Hickman have united our community earning our respect and gratitude.
HCRP extends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth. Deputy Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force and leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 5 and 12.
To make a donation to Officer Goforth's family please click this link: gofundme.com/dgoforth