Micmac Posted February 22, 2008 Share Posted February 22, 2008 (edited) A motorcycle officer was fatally injured as she escorted Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign motorcade through Dallas this morning. Pearson, who is traveling with the Clinton campaign, sent me several e-mails in the past minutes. Here's a compilation: On bus, motorcade motorcycle cop went down Lost helmet. Other motorcade cop comforting the one went down. This is in dallas. Still enroute to event... Just left dealey plaza when it happened... Debris was strewn thruout road, fiberglass from front cycle fender. Pool of blood was very visible by officer. Officer was 30 50 feet in front of bike, on ground, head being comforted by another officer as motorcade was waved by... Hearing its a fatal. Dealey Plaza, of course, was the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Once the motorcade reached its destination, Clinton cancelled a scheduled question and answer session with reporters, and, in a very measured tone, delivered the following statement: I have just learned of the death of a Dallas police officer in a devastating accident that occurred as the motorcycle officers were leading our cars to this site. We are just heartsick over this loss of life in the line of duty and I have asked that my condolences be relayed to the family. I am going to call them as soon as its appropriate and I have the information to do so. I have placed a call to the chief of police expressing my sympathy. This reminds us once again what our men and women in law enforcement do every single day and it is important that we respect and appreciate their service. I certainly am grateful for all they do for me and, more importantly, what they do for the citizens of cities like Dallas and others across our country. But I just wanted to express my deepest condolences to the family and to the Dallas police department on this tragic, tragic loss. Pearson had this additional information in his latest e-mail: Motorcade was from Loves Field airport in Dallas enroute to event site at the corner of Center and Zang Streets. Incident occurred shortly after the vehicles had left Dealey Plaza. The motorcycle was lying in the left hand lane with visible skid marks. The officer was lying in the right hand lane, face down, about 50 feet ahead of the bike. No EMTs or emergency personnel had arrived by the time we went through. Event now finished in Dallas and a police led motorcade now taking campaign to event in Fort Worth. This is how what the Associated Press reported the incident before the death was learned: DALLAS (AP) _ A Dallas police motorcycle officer crashed Friday while escorting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's motorcade to a campaign rally. There's no word on the officer's identity or condition, but aerial video showed emergency medical technicians laboring to treat the officer on the Houston Street viaduct between the downtown and Oak Cliff sections of Dallas. Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda said he had no information on the crash, which happened shortly after 9 a.m. Journalists who have covered presidential campaigns or traveled with presidents are accustomed to seeing motorcycle police flying at tremendous speed down the highway ahead of the motorcade in order to close off ramps from entering traffic so that the "bubble" the candidates or presidents travel in can precede without interference from hotel to event to airport. But today's accident is another reminder of how everyday, every minute really, police and Secret Service agents endanger themselves to protect our presidents and would-be commanders-in-chief from harm. Our thoughts and prayers are with the dead police officer, her family and colleagues. The officer's death is lamentably all too familiar. Just last August, a motorcycle officer escorting President Bush's motorcade in New Mexico was killed during an accident. Edited February 22, 2008 by Micmac Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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