The worst day in the life and the career of any police officer is the emergency 911 call when he or she must use lethal force. These split-second, life-or-death decisions stay with police officers for the rest of our lives, long after we retire from the Department.
Our Phoenix Police Department colleague, Sgt. Percy Dupra, continues to work through the tragic aftermath of the past few days. So does every member of our Department. Every member of the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association fervently hopes that our community will respect the investigative process in this case and avoid rushing to judgment in the media and in the street.
The facts of this incident will come out. The investigative process will reach its conclusion. Only once that is complete can our community have a balanced, responsible conversation about public safety and how best to deal with these dangerous, sometimes tragic incidents.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Dupra, his family, the loved ones of Michelle Cusseaux and the residents of Phoenix