Dallas Surgeon Who Treated Police Victims Breaks Down On CNN During Powerful Interview (VIDEO)

Dallas trauma surgeon Dr. Brian H. Williams captured the attention of the nation on Monday morning. During a press conference, he relayed that he strongly supports the police and fought like h*ll to save the lives of the injured officers who ended up in his operating room following Thursday’s horrific ambush. Yet, he said he still fears for his safety during his interactions with law enforcement outside of his job.

Monday evening he appeared on CNN to speak with host Don Lemon, and his words were perhaps even more moving than they were earlier in the day. Williams said that the events of that tragic night still overwhelm him at times.

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“I’m good most of the day, but there are times when it just takes over,” he said, struggling not to lose his composure.

Speaking of the police officers he was unable to save, Williams said that he just wishes “he could have gotten to them a few minutes sooner,” then gave a heavy sigh and hung his head in sorrow as he continued to fight back tears.

I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to kill police officers. I don’t understand why black men die in custody and they’re forgotten the next day. I don’t know why this has to be us against them.

“This all, really, it has to stop,” he said, finally unable to hold back his tears any longer.

Lemon then asked Williams what he would like to say to America, and the doctor’s words were profound and came from the heart.

We are all in this together. We are all connected. All this violence. All this hatred. All these disagreements. It impacts us all whether you realize it or not. This is not the type of world we want to leave for our children. Something has to be done.

Lemon then asked Williams about the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, asking him about the shock he must have felt to have these tragedies suddenly hit so close to home. Once again, the doctor’s words were powerful and heartfelt.

I did not expect there to be a path from other states to my city, but I certainly felt the impact of those incidents on me personally. So for me, the tragedy that began in Dallas Thursday night, it started for me well before that. And that was the culmination, not the beginning.

Williams continued, saying that the experience has “absolutely changed” him.

I’m certainly not the only African-American male in the country that feels the way I do towards law enforcement. But I work with them on a daily basis. They’re my colleagues. They’re my friends. And as I said, I respect what they do.

But I also understand how men like me fear and distrust officers in uniform. I get it. But that does not justify inciting violence against police officers. It does not justify trying to kill police officers.

This incident didn’t fix anything, it’s making it worse. We’re no longer talking about dead black men. We’re no longer discussing race relations in this country. And I certainly don’t want to take away from the Dallas police officers and their families, but we shout be discussing the impact this tragedy has had on everyone involved. Not just the heroes in blue, but the American citizens who have paid the price as well.

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