A fourteen-year-old was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas last night.

The fourth murder in as many days in Dallas.

According to initial reports and video surveillance, the victim wasn’t doing anything illegal. He wasn’t selling drugs or engaging in criminal behavior. He was simply standing in a gas station parking lot.

Unfortunately, for the fourteen-year-old, that parking lot is known for such activity. When shots rang out between two vehicles, one driving by and one in the parking lot of the gas station, the innocent victim was caught in the middle and tragically killed.

There’s no other way to put it, a young teenager killed in crossfire is simply tragic. Equally as tragic, is the fact that it occurred at a place known for drug sales, gang activity, and violent crime. It’s tragic because it’s becoming increasingly clear that the criminal element in Dallas and other big cities across the country, feel as if they can operate with impunity.

Protests and marches certainly have their place. However, despite what anti-police critics echo in their news conferences and statements to the media; police officers across this country never want to shoot or hurt anyone. Protests when someone is clearly and unjustly killed by the police make sense. People look to police for protection and when an officer kills someone unjustifiably, it creates anger and distrust.

Understandably so. Wrong is wrong. Justice should be applied equally and equitably across the board. A higher standard should always exist regarding the actions of police officers.

Not long ago, an officer in a city that borders Dallas, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for an unjustified shooting that took the life of 15-year-old teenager, Jordan Edwards. Tragically, Edwards like the latest victim in Dallas, was not doing anything wrong or criminal when he was killed.

The aftermath of the shooting by former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver, spurred immediate outrage and calls for justice by members of the community and the District Attorney’s office. Again, understandably so.

Sadly, in the aftermath of the recent and senseless murder of a 14-year-old Dallas resident, I can’t help but notice the lack of community outrage. I watched a live feed of the Police Chief addressing the media mere hours after the senseless murder. No mention of crowd control. I had no trouble hearing the Chief speak to the media over the non-existent shouts from non-existent community members demanding justice and accountability.


Cars passed by the crime scene as if nothing happened. A congregation of police cars, crime scene tape, and news media trucks, just another Tuesday night in Dallas.

No outrage.

No protests.

I’ll ask the obvious questions.

Why is this crime acceptable? Where is the outrage about the fact in the month of May alone, Dallas logged more than one murder per day? Forty-one murders to be exact. The majority of which were in communities with a high population of minorities.

That’s a lot of tragedy in one month considering Dallas has typically averaged between 130-170 murders per year since 2015. You would think if anyone would be upset about an alarming number of murders in a neighborhood, it would be those who live in it.

Race, ethnicity, or any other identifier aside, if there was an alarming number of murders in my neighborhood, I’d be upset. Pissed off maybe. Wouldn’t you?

Apparently, if murder or violence in your neighborhood is the norm, the only time you get upset about tragic and senseless killings, is when a police officer is to blame.

A real shame to be honest. I don’t care where the crime spike occurs, one life lost is too many. Especially a senseless murder like the one of that took place last night in Dallas, Texas.

No fourteen-year-old deserves that fate. I don’t care what neighborhood or city you’re in.

Either way, it’s becoming abundantly clear, “activists” like Lee Merritt and Dominque Alexander – who have been actively involved in protesting and advocating for “justice” in Dallas – pick and choose which victims they care about. Lee Merritt had no issue rushing to make a statement and call for press conferences when a woman falsely claimed a DPS Texas Trooper raped her during a DWI arrest last year.

However, the innocent 14-year-old senselessly gunned down last night, apparently doesn’t meet their criteria for outrage. I didn’t see either of them rushing to Adam’s Food Mart to assemble and make a statement to the news media. Nor did I see emphatic calls for justice or plans for a protest or march announced on social media.



Apparently, it’s “business as usual” in Dallas, Texas tomorrow. Just another young kid murdered for no reason other than the criminal element has been allowed to run wild in Dallas. A nationwide trend as police become increasingly reactive in nature.

In Dallas, a police force dwindled by a mass exodus of officers and a District Attorney and Police Chief, that favor making excuses for criminals, over holding them accountable. A true recipe for disaster.

As of writing this, I don’t know the race or identity of the 14-year-old victim, as the details haven’t been released. Quite frankly it doesn’t matter.

The fact remains, the silence is deafening and sad.

The Officer Next Door



  1. Several years ago I was talking to a citizen who was upset because the response time to her call regarding kids on mini bikes in her neighborhood was, in her opinion, too slow. I explained to her that at the time of her call we were working a nearby murder and our resources were tied up on higher priority calls. She didn’t miss a beat, just kept complaining about our horrible response time. This murder was literally down the street from her and she didn’t ask a single question, wasn’t concerned for her safety or the safety of others in her community – just kept complaining about kids riding mini bikes. Sadly, people have become too accustomed to this violence in their communities.

  2. This is a well thought out post above that asks important questions. For those “activists” or social justice warriors or civil rights “leaders” who are driven by ideology, any event or news item that does not fit their narrative or their agenda is ignored. This is the question that always is ducked or ignored by many of these folks: Yes, police shootings of young black men are troubling, but why do you not speak out about the black on black on crime that is taking the lives of young black men every day (and night) in the US?

  3. Thank you for this story. You are correct in that there is not enough, or really any, attention paid to these unfortunate incidents. To do so would be, according to the progressives, “marginalizing” or “targeting” minorities. Makes for a good excuse. There are those of us out here who know the truth: minorities commit more crime, thus the larger number of arrests and convictions. Again, to point that out would…well, you know. I am related to a retired Chicago detective who retired after 30 years of service, and he was only in his 50s. Why? He says “I got tired of putting black guys in jail”. It is the true, sad state of our current justice system.

  4. I’ve been asking this question for quite some time: “Where’s the outrage?”

    I’ve challenged certain organizations to explain why only certain black lives matter? What about Lt. Debra Clayton, Deputy Norman Lewis, Sade Dixon and her unborn child – all black, all “allegedly” murdered by Markeith Loyd, also black.

    I asked about two very small black children, murdered by black gang members: Why don’t their lives matter? What about the Louisiana floods where black citizens were pleading for help and were ignored. It was LEO’s and other first responders who came to their rescue. BLM showed up AFTER the fact to hold some type of stupid protest there and were not met with open arms. Disgusting.

    Why hasn’t Markeith Loyd’s trial started? This “pre trial” CRAP has gone on so long that the first judge has retired. Now it sounds like they may have to start all over. In the meantime, I noticed a police officer was convicted and sent to prison quite fast. I read comments by followers and members of BLM about this officer. who is already in prison: They demanded a “black people’s trial” and they wanted “black people’s justice.” I read several comments by BLM followers and members ridicule Lt. Debra Clayton, calling her the “N” word and saying she was a “dumb N” for getting herself shot. I read
    so many disgusting comments on his face book page by his friends that it made me sick. It’s obvious her black life didn’t matter. Neither did Deputy Lewis who was killed on his way to assist Lt. Clayton – or Markeiths “other” girl friend and her unborn baby that were murdered.

    …and Markeith Loyd is seen laughing and carrying on all over the YouTube court videos, bragging that he was about to let one of his family turn him in so they could get the reward money.

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