KCK mayor apologizes to murdered police captain’s family for poor timing of remark

KCK Mayor Mark Holland spoke to the dozens who attended the news conference on Wednesday, July 20 at Kansas City, Kan., City Hall.

KCK Mayor Mark Holland spoke to the dozens who attended the news conference on Wednesday, July 20 at Kansas City, Kan., City Hall.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City, Kansas, mayor has apologized to the family of a police captain who was fatally shot this summer while investigating a drive-by shooting. Mayor Mark Holland said during a commission meeting Thursday that he was “deeply sorry.” The family of Capt. Robert David “Dave” Melton was critical last month of a written statement issued after Capt. Melton’s killing.

In the July 20th speech, one day after Capt. Melton was slain, Mayor Holland said,’In the two months between our officers deaths our nation has seen the loss of innocent lives at the hands of police.’ Holland later explain to FOX 4 he was trying to show the big picture the nation was at the time of Melton’s death.

The Wyandotte Daily Online reports Holland read the following apology during the Unified Government Commission meeting:

“Following our conversation, I want to publicly reiterate my apology to them, for the timing of my remarks at the press conference, following the death of their brother, Capt. Dave Melton, who was tragically killed in the line of duty. As both a pastor and a mayor, I would never intentionally introduce controversial comments during a time of grief, and for that I am deeply sorry,” Mayor Holland said during the UG meeting Sept. 15.

“The focus remains that Dave Melton is a hero,” Mayor Holland said. “He is a hero to our country, for his service in the military, and a hero to our community, giving his life to keep us safe.”
Cpt. Dave Melton