“We will not stand in a parking lot while children are being slaughtered. We will do our duty and go in.” — Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree.
That’s the promise Murphree, in an obvious reference to the cowardly actions of Scott Israel’s Broward County Sheriff’s department during the Florida school massacre that left 17 dead, made to the public.
He then released this memo to his staff:
The memo states:
With the recent tragedy in Florida, I wanted to make clear my policy on responding to an active shooter. All commissioned deputies if you respond to an active shooter you are expected to take immediate action. We do not stage and wait for SWAT, we do not take cover in a parking lot, and we do not wait for another agency. We go in and do our duty. We go in to engage and stop the shooter and save lives. If for any reason you feel you cannot follow this directive please inform your supervisor and we will work to get you re-assigned.
Murphree promised the public that his department “will not let you down.”
The Sheriff reflects on his past:
The phone ringing at 3 a.m. and going to some of the most horrible scenes imaginable. Returning home to my family and acting like everything is okay because you never wanted them to know.
Chasing a cop killer through the woods of East Texas. The victims that sometime cross my mind at strange times. The smell of death that still comes to me out of the blue.
I’ve seen the worst of mankind but I’ve also witnessed the best. I’ve witnessed senseless acts and acts of absolute selflessness. I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with the greatest people in the world.
READ THE SHERIFF’S STORY HERE.