Monday, August 03, 2015

Black Memphis Police Director: All lives matter

Speaking to reporters after Officer Sean Bolton was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Saturday night, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told the community that "all lives matter."

“As a community we say so often as a theme — black lives matter. And at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, do all lives matter?  Regardless of race, creed, color, economic status, what profession that person holds.

“All lives matter. And this is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is.

“One life is too many, but how do you put a value on somebody’s life? How do you say one life is more important than another?

“So, again, what we need more than anything right now is just your prayers again for this MPD family as well as this officer’s family," Armstrong said.

On August 1, 2015 at approximately 9:18 pm, the Memphis Police Department was alerted by a citizen through Bolton's radio that the officer had been shot in the area of Perkins and Cottonwood. Memphis police officers arrived on the scene and found Bolton had been shot during what appeared to be a traffic stop.

Bolton was transported in critical condition but was later pronounced deceased due to multiple gunshot wounds. Officer Bolton was hired by the Memphis Police Department in October of 2010.

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