Kansas mayor apologizes to slain officer’s family

Captain Robert Melton
Captain Robert Melton

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – 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.

The Kansas City Star reports that Mayor Mark Holland said during a commission meeting Thursday that he “would never intentionally introduce controversial comments during a time of grief” and that he was “deeply sorry” for that.

The family of Capt. Robert David “Dave” Melton was critical last month of a prepared statement issued after the killing. In the statement, Holland said: “We have seen the loss of innocent lives at the hands of police; and we have seen the ambush and murder of police who were actively protecting the public. Our nation is in uncertain times.”

The mayor also has met with the family.

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