Uncut: 25th Anniversary of a tragic year in Dallas

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on February 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM

There is already lots of talk about what happened in Dallas 50 years ago, but sadly, most have forgotten the tragedy that rocked the city 25 years ago.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

By this day in 1988, two Dallas police officers had already been killed. Officer James Joe was murdered by criminals at an apartment complex. Officer John Glenn Chase was gunned down by a mentally-ill homeless man.

At the end of February, Officer Gary McCarthy was also killed when he was shot by armed robbers.

It was a tough year. Race relations were very tense at the time, and some whispered about a possible link.

There was none.

If the year wasn't bad enough, a fourth officer fell in August -- Walter Williams, killed in an ambush.

Reeling from the unprecedented loss, we limped toward the end of the year, praying our misery had come to a end. And we almost made it...

Thirteen days into December, undercover Officer Lawrence Cadena was killed by drug dealers.

Four widows, 14 children fatherless -- all in your defense. All worthy to be remembered.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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