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Officer dies escorting Clinton motorcade

February 23, 2008

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— A police motorcycle officer died after a crash while escorting Hillary Rodham Clinton's motorcade to a campaign rally.

"We are just heartsick at this loss of life in the line of duty," a subdued Clinton told reporters after the Dallas rally.

The New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate canceled her next appearance in Fort Worth, Texas, telling about 2,000 people who had gathered outside the Tarrant County courthouse that it would be inappropriate to campaign in the wake of the officer's death.

Instead, she went to Methodist Medical Center, where she planned to visit with the officer's family.

"It is important that we respect and appreciate their service," she said. "I certainly am grateful for all they do for me."

Senior Corporal Victor Lozada Tirado died after apparently crashing into a concrete barrier along a viaduct near downtown Dallas, said Lt. Vernon Hale, a police spokesman. Aerial video showed wreckage scattered for several yards.

The officer was in the rear of the motorcade, following it as it took a turn not far from Dealey Plaza, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Lozada Tirado joined the Dallas police force in December 1988. He was married with four children, two boys and two girls.

Sen. Barack Obama asked for a moment of silence in memory of Lozada Tirado at a rally in Corpus Christi later in the day. He said the officer had been in his own detail two days ago in Dallas.

"It's a reminder of the outstanding work that law enforcement does for us each and every day," he said.

Comments

Dixie Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

"We are just heartsick at this loss of life in the line of duty," a subdued Clinton told reporters after the Dallas rally.

ALL A ACT she could care less

janeyb 7 years, 1 month ago

"Sen. Barack Obama asked for a moment of silence in memory of Lozada Tirado at a rally in Corpus Christi later in the day. He said the officer had been in his own detail two days ago in Dallas."

All an act. He could care less.

Ann Hamil 7 years, 1 month ago

Unless you know and have spoken to the the candidates personally, there is no way you could know how compassionate they are or are not. These attacks and counter attacks have no basis and show the true lack of reasoned thought about the candidates and their positions and policies. (And a lack of any compassion for those impacted by this tragedy.) This is not a sporting event or reality tv show. These are real people who want to lead this country and impact all of our lives. And BTW isn't the phrase supposed to be "couldn't care less", otherwise you are implying that they care more now, but could care less if they weren't so compassionate. (But I digress).

toefungus 7 years, 1 month ago

A lot of people have gone down on the Clinton's.

janeyb 7 years, 1 month ago

Defender: But it brought comments on an article that would have otherwise been ignored. You would have proven your point better if you had not commented at all.

Goodcitizen "Taken literally, if one could care less, then one must care at least a little, which is obviously the opposite of what is meant. It is so clearly logical nonsense that to condemn it for being so (as some commentators have done) misses the point. The intent is obviously sarcastic - the speaker is really saying, "As if there was something in the world that I care less about".

Hillary cancelled a rally, because her motorcade was involved in the accident. Understandable. Obama had a moment of silence then continued on with his rally, even though he had personally been escorted by the guy two days before. Politics.

janeyb 7 years, 1 month ago

Just as it should be investigated when a heavily medicated vice-president has a beer for lunch and then shoots an elderly man right square in the face. But it doesn't work that way. Sometimes law enforcement isn't called at all.

Eileen Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

This is very sad. It is also sad that anyone wants to make a partisan political opportunity out of this man's death.

pace 7 years, 1 month ago

All the candidates should take a moment and express the importance of this families loss. I feel for his family.

beatrice 7 years, 1 month ago

A police officer died in the line of duty. Please keep this in mind before commenting.

pisafromthewest 7 years, 1 month ago

janeyb (Anonymous) says:

"Just as it should be investigated when a heavily medicated vice-president has a beer for lunch and then shoots an elderly man right square in the face."

Maybe janeyb is the VP's personal physician and can enlighten us as to which medications the VP is taking that qualify him for the "heavily medicated" description.

Or maybe she's a pharmacist, and can enlighten us as to the clinical interaction between the most likely medications the VP would be taking for his heart condition and alcohol.

Or maybe she's an expert on substance abuse and can tell us what BAL, and resultant level of impairment to eye-hand coordination, motor skills, and reaction time one would expect on an afternoon hunt after having "a beer" with lunch.

Or maybe she's just talking out of her *ss.

Incidentally, being shot "right square in the face" even with bird shot generally doesn't leave one in condition to tell the authorities that it was an accident. And "law enforcement" was already on the scene, janey ... they're called the Secret Service.


First the bomb threat/hostage situation at Hillary's campaign office, now this, and she's married to Bill ... this campaign is cursed!

Dixie Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

thank you janey for my light work, and ms/mr goodcitzen maybe you should ask me if i know Hillary first before you go Assuming..hummmmm SHE COULD CARE LESS trust me .................bless this family who have lost thier son, grandson,brother husband father and coworker.

Ann Hamil 7 years, 1 month ago

Source of janeyb's quote on "I could care less":
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-ico1.htm Which goes on to say: "But it is still regarded as slangy, and also has some social class stigma attached. And because it is hard to be sarcastic in writing, it loses its force when put on paper and just ends up looking stupid. In such cases, the older form, while still rather colloquial, at least will communicate your meaning - at least to those who really could care less."

Newell_Post 7 years, 1 month ago

Some of you people are just mean-spirited and cruel. Anyone who had a member of their security team killed in an accident would feel terrible about it. Personally, I thought Hillary's response seemed a little more appropriate than Obama's.

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