Sheriff Addresses #BlackLivesMatter ‘Rhetoric’ in Press Conference on Executed Deputy

Hickman at presser
Photo: Breitbart Texas/Bob Price

HOUSTON, Texas – The escalation of anti-white and anti-cop rhetoric has been building since militant black activists began marching in support of #BlackLivesMatter after the suicide of Sandra Bland. At protests at the jail where Bland killed herself, a radical activist called for all white people to be killed, and heavily armed members of the New Black Panther Party chanted “the revolution has started … off the pigs.” A Texas-based internet radio show called for the lynching of whites and the killing of police officers. This week, two white journalists and a white deputy sheriff have been assassinated by blacks who appear to be carrying out the message of hate. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said, “This rhetoric has gotten out of control …”

On August 9th, a self-proclaimed “nappy-haired militant non-compliant Negro” named “Sunshine,” stood in front of a group of white journalists and bloggers and said that all white people should be killed, as reported by Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwick. When asked whether she really believed that, she responded, “You’re damn right I do! You think I am scared to say that to you?!”

Malcom X T-shirt by Any Means Necessary

“Sunshine” (right)with other protested in front of the Waller County jail. One protester wearing shirt “By Any Means Necessary.” (Photo: Breitbart Texas/Bob Price)

Three days later, this writer reported about the march of armed and uniformed militant members of the New Black Panther Party who were at the Waller County jail where Sandra Bland died. In a series of marching cadence-style chants, the group shouted “The revolution is on … Off the Pigs,” and “Oink, Oink … Bang Bang!”

Blank Panther Protest

Members of armed and uniformed New Black Black Panthers Party march on Waller County jail. (Photo: Breitbart Texas/Bob Price)

The messages of hatred towards whites and the police were clear in their chants.

Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were at the jail that day in large numbers. There were nearly 75 deputies, 10 mounted deputies, a mobile command post, an observation aircraft, and a helicopter, all there to ensure the peace.

On Tuesday of this week, “Sunshine” took to her Texas-based radio show and continued her propagation of hate speech against both whites and police.

Breitbart Texas reported that on her show, called “Sunshine’s F***ing Opinion Radio Show,” people called in and demanded that people take to the streets in gangs and lynch white people and kill cops.

The following day, an angry gay black man videotaped himself executing two white reporters in Virginia. While no direct connection to Sunshine’s show exists, this type of speech reveals the angry rhetoric from some blacks who have been increasing the incitement to violence, and have engaged actual violence, over the past year.

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Vester Lee Flanagan II, aims a gun at television reporter Alison Parker as she conducts a live on-air interview Wednesday, (Vester Lee Flanagan II/Twitter via AP)

Before murdering Allison Parker and Adam Ward during a live broadcast, Vester Lee Flanagan II published a manifesto calling for a “race war.” He said in his manifesto that he was angered by the South Carolina murders of nine blacks in a church bible study class.

The same day that Breitbart Texas reported about the Texas-based internet radio show, another black man, Shannon Juraury Miles allegedly walked up to a uniformed Harris County Deputy Sheriff, Darren Goforth, and fired multiple rounds from a handgun into the back of his head. He continued firing his weapon into the deputy’s back as Goforth lay dying, and dead, on the ground. Miles is now in the Harris County jail after being charged with capital murder of a police officer.

During a press conference in Harris County, Texas, officials announced the details of the murder of Deputy Goforth and their questioning of a “person of interest.” Sheriff Hickman answered media inquiries as to the motivation of this alleged killer.

Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth

Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth

“This rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Sheriff Ron Hickman said during the press conference attended by two Breitbart Texas journalists.

“We’ve heard ‘black lives matter,’ ‘all lives matter,’ well cops’ lives matter too,” said the leader of the third largest sheriff’s office in the country.

The visibly emotional Hickman continued, “Why don’t we just drop the qualifier and say ‘lives matter.’ Take that to the bank.”

“At this point,” referring to the executed deputy, the sheriff said, “he was only targeted because he was wearing a uniform.”

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman during a Saturday press conference about the murder of Deputy Darron Goforth. (Photo: Breitbart Texas/Bob Price)

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman during a Saturday press conference about the murder of Deputy Darron Goforth. (Photo: Breitbart Texas/Bob Price)

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson joined Hickman during the press conference and emphatically stated, “It is time for the silent majority in this country to support law enforcement.” She added, “There are a few bad apples in every profession.”

Anderson (a former prosecutor and criminal court judge) continued, “But that does not mean that there should be open warfare declared on law enforcement.”

As for his deputies’ safety, Hickman said, “Any time you have a clearly unprovoked attack, you have to take steps to protect yourself.” He called on his deputies to be vigilant of their surroundings and to work in teams, especially at night.

Lana Shadwick contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.

Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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