Surgeons and other medical staff at Parkland Hospital in Dallas gave a press conference today to explain how they dealt with the attack on police last week and how they are handling the issues going forward.
Dr. Brian Williams became visibly emotional when speaking to reporters.
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“This experience has been very personal for me. A turning point in my life. There was the added dynamic of officers being shot. We routinely care for multiple gunshot victims., but the preceding days of more black men dying at the hands of police officers affected me. I think the reasons are obvious. I fit that demographic of individuals. But I abhor what has been done to these officers and I grieve with their families.
“I understand the anger and the frustration and distrust of law enforcement. But they are not the problem. The problem is the lack of open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country. And I think about it every day that I was unable to save those cops when they came here that night. It weighs on my mind constantly. This killing – it has to stop. Black men dying and being forgotten. People retaliating against the people who are sworn to defend us. We have to come together and end all this.”
That’s very powerful testimony.
You rarely see doctors reach such an emotional point.
Thank God for all of these doctors and the amazing work they do.