Dallas Police: Houston Attack "Took Us Back To July 7, 2016"

Alan Scaia
January 29, 2019 - 6:56 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Police are offering help to officers in Houston as a result of this week's attack that injured five officers there Monday afternoon. Four officers were shot; a fifth injured his knee during the operation.

​"It was an amazing flow of emotions," says Michael Mata, the president of the Dallas Police Association. "It took me back to July 7, 2016, what we were going through. My heart went out to the officers in Houston and their families, and the officers who still have to do the work."

Mata says police departments warn recruits they could face an attack any day they go to work.

"The second day on the job, we have a mental-mindset and survival instructor come in and literally show them videos of officers getting shot and having to do their duty, sometime, and shoot someone," he says. "It was a reality slap to those recruits to show them this is real."

Mata says he has spoken with the head of the Houston Police Officers' Association and mayor of Houston. He says the Dallas Police Association has offered help from the Assist the Officer Foundation to help officers with medical bills or rehab. Mata says the association would also consider sending officers to help cover shifts.

"They still have to answer those 911 calls, they still have to do their jobs," he says. "But obviously their hearts and minds are on the welfare of those who are injured."