Trauma surgeon: ‘We’ve got to stop this’

Two trauma surgeons at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital — one white, one black — had something to say to the nation, so they asked CBS News to interview them this morning.

“When you look down on an operating table and you see someone who is hurt, we all bleed the same,” Dr. Alexander Eastman, also a lieutenant in the Dallas Police Department, said. “We’ve got to stop this.”

Dr. Brian Williams, who held a news conference yesterday and apologized for his tears today, said “I understand how black men feel with their encounters with police officers, but police officers are my friends and colleagues, so I’m straddling both worlds. I respect the police officers. I respect the job they do. Every day they go out with their lives on the lines, for us. They’re certainly overworked, underpaid, and unrecognized. I think that that should be addressed.

“But I also don’t want the fact that black men are dying in the hands of police ignored, overlooked, and dismissed. This is not blaming anyone. This is not choosing sides. This is about acknowledging that it is happening. It does exist and we need to talk about this to make some kind of change,” he said.

At his news conference yesterday, Dr. Williams said “this isn’t about just one night.”

  • Gary F
    • Kassie

      Troll, troll, troll so hard. Every chance you get you point out “black on black” crime like that has anything to do with either police shooting black men or the police officers who were shot. You only point it out to paint a picture of black people as criminals. In your mind does high levels in crime in Chicago mean it is ok for the police in Falcon Heights to shoot a black man for no reason? Is that why you continually point it out?

      • Veronica

        Thank you, Kassie.

    • X.A. Smith

      You know what makes it hard to fix black on black crime? A history of police abusing black people on a regular basis, for generations.

    • lindblomeagles

      Gary, let me ask you a question because you seem to be vexed by this. Are you suggesting whites should have every opportunity to commit white on black crime without a protest just like blacks ALLEGEDLY have the right to commit black on black crime without a protest? Is that where you are going with this, a sense of unfairness that whites don’t have EQUAL OPPORTUNITY to kill Black men? While I am asking questions, are you for stopping shootings at all, or are you just concerned about the number of white people who are killed. I really want to know, because, for me any death to guns is a problem. I don’t much care who did it. You on the other hand seem to favor one group dying over others.

  • lindblomeagles

    The irony of this story is “change” was all Black Lives Matter was asking for when the movement started after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. There name, marches, and speeches have occupied the news and blog opinion writers far more than its message has, but that’s really all Black Lives Matter was saying before the storm hit. Unfortunately, not much has changed, which probably says something about all of us.