A Maryland sheriff has published an open letter blasting President Obama for his silence on the uptick in deaths of law enforcement officers across the country, including two sheriff’s deputies in Harford County.
“Dear President Obama,” wrote Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees, in the letter he posted to Facebook on Saturday. “In case you haven’t heard, eight American police officers over the past eight days have been killed in the line of duty. Two of these police officers were Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies that were gunned down at a Panera Restaurant just 50 miles from where you live. I’ve watched and listened intently for words of encouragement and sorrow to come from you, but haven’t heard or seen anything.”
The letter comes after Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon were killed by a gunman during a shootout last Wednesday in Abingdon, Maryland.
“Conversely, just two weeks ago my governor, Larry Hogan, spent the better part of a week placing a call each day to one of my deputies that was involved in a severe traffic collision in Carroll County,” Sheriff DeWees continued. “He wasn’t satisfied with speaking to me in order to send his prayers and regards; he called every day after the collision until he spoke with my deputy’s wife. Governor Hogan also drove to Harford County the day after two deputies were slain to meet Sheriff Gahler and the men & women of his office to grieve with them. The governor is in the middle of the 2016 Legislative Session and is pretty busy, yet found time to call, visit and pay his respects to me & my deputy, and the men & women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.