KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Family of fallen Kansas City, Kansas Police Captain Dave Melton lashed out against Mayor Mark Holland Thursday night. The comments came during a commission meeting of the Unified Government where the mayor thought the family was there to thank the government for their support.
Captain Melton’s sister-in-law, Lynn Melton, was the first member of her family to speak publicly since he was shot and killed last month attempting to stop a shooting suspect.
“The support from the police, firefighters and community has just been unbelievable,” she said at the commission meeting.
But the thank yous ended there. With Captain Melton's brother, her husband, at her side she then told Mayor Mark Holland she had a question. How could he say what he said?
“Less than 24 hours after Captain Melton’s death to a grieving family of both blood and blue and to the entire community and I quote, 'In the two months between our officers deaths our nation has seen the loss of innocent lives at the hands of police.'” Melton read.
In the July 20th speech, Mayor Holland would go on to talk about the targeting shootings of police, and later explain to FOX 4 he was trying to show the big picture the nation was at the time of Melton’s death.
“I’d be honored to sit down with the family, these are very difficult times in our communities and with the families and my heart first and foremost is with the family. I think the opportunity for that dialogue is exactly what our community needs,” Mayor Holland said after the meeting.
Immediately after Lynn Melton's comments, Holland called for a second moment of silence for Captain Melton and Detective Brad Lancaster, promising to arrange a meeting with the Melton family.
Kansas City, Kansas Police Chief Terry Ziegler was at the meeting and left with the Melton family as soon as their presentation ended. He said he had no comment on their feelings about the mayor's speech.