As Twitchy reported, two deputies were shot and killed in Abingdon, Md., last Wednesday, while responding to a call at a Panera restaurant. David Evans, 68, was also killed during the exchange. Evans had an outstanding warrant against him for assault on a police officer in Florida.

The two senior deputies killed were Patrick Dailey, a former Marine and 30-year veteran of the force, and Mark Logsdon, an army veteran who had served 16 years on the force.

Carroll County Maryland Sheriff James T. DeWees posted an open letter to President Obama on Facebook today asking him to acknowledge their sacrifice.

DeWees writes, in part:

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.

I understand that you are a busy man and are being pulled in multiple directions every day of the week. But, when my president doesn’t take the time to openly recognize the sacrifices that brave men & women of law enforcement make each day to keep domestic peace, I’m disappointed! I suspect that if these same deputies walked in to a restaurant, and without provocation shot and killed an innocent man, you and your staff would quickly whisk their family away to Washington for a future speech to make an example of police officers nationwide.

For me Mr. President, it has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat; black or white, male or female; but, it has everything to do with leading or following. I’m not shocked that you haven’t openly reached out or acknowledged publically the recent rash of deaths in law enforcement, but I’m tremendously disappointed!

Mr. President, your silence about these events SPEAKS VOLUMES!!!!

PS: I’ll be standing outside in the cold next week with my deputies for the funerals of the Harford Co deputies; I’ll save you a spot next to me!

We’ll have to check the president’s schedule. He’s spending the long weekend in the Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage area.


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