Remarking on the recent murder of two Florida sheriff’s deputies, the sheriff of Gilchrist County, Florida, said law enforcement is being “demonized” in America and that demonizing is creating a culture of anti-cop hatred.
On Thursday, a gunman shot and killed sheriff’s deputies Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, while the two officers were eating in a Chinese restaurant. The gunman was later found dead near the scene of what police are calling an ambush.
There is no clear motive for the attack.
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said that hatred toward law enforcement is to blame.
“What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it’s been demonized? Every type of hate, every type of put-down you can think of,” Schultz said at a news conference.
“The only thing these men were guilty of is wanting to protect you and me. They just wanted to get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job,” he said.
Schultz praised the two fallen heroes.
“Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsey were the best of the best,” Schultz said. “They were men of integrity, men of loyalty. They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did, and we are very proud of them.”
A message from Sheriff Schultz to the citizens of Gilchrist County:I want to ensure everyone here in our Gilchrist…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM SHERIFF BOBBY SCHULTZ AND THE GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Gilchrist County…
Sergeant Noel Ramirez. Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey.Our heroes. Killed in the line of duty today, April 19th, at the Ace China in Trenton.We'll continue to serve you. For them.
“The senseless act committed by this coward has shaken each of us, but we will endure. I ask each of you to be patient, as we grieve with each of you,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement posted to Facebook.
President Trump offered his condolences for the slain heroes on Thursday.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
Ramirez leaves behind a wife and two young children. Lindsey joined the sheriff’s office in 2013.
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