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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: There's a War On Cops and The Media 'Are Not in the Police Officers' Corner'

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Texas Tribune

From Texas Standard: There was an  execution-style murder of a Houston deputy last week. Two days later, an off-duty officer in Abilene was  found dead at his home. It was ruled a homicide.

The next day, a  Chicago officer was killed responding to a distress call. On walls in Houston there is  graffiti of two emoji; on one side, the head of a police officer. On the other, a gun pointed at it.Police and officials from New York to Houston have linked the death of Houston Deputy Darren Goforth to the  Black Lives Matter protest movement focused on how police use excessive, sometimes lethal, force against African-American citizens.

The County Sheriff of Milwaukee calls these recent events a “war on police.” And the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, agrees. 

Patrick has  issued a statement – and a  longer Facebook post – calling these events a “morbid reality” for law enforcement officers. 

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Rhonda is the newest member of the KUT News team, joining in late 2013 as producer for KUT's new daily news program, The Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.