Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says he wishes Democrats weren't "so quick to always blame the police officer" after challenger Beto O'Rourke suggested that a white officer who shot and killed a black neighbor should be fired.
Cruz told Houston television station KRIV on Saturday that the Sept. 6 shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean may be something worse than a "horrific misunderstanding" but cautioned against early conclusions.
Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has told investigators she mistook Jean's apartment for her own and thought she encountered a burglar.
Cruz is in a competitive race against O'Rourke. His comments were in response to an O'Rourke interview with Dallas television station KDFW, in which the Democrat was asked whether Guyger should be fired.
O'Rourke said he didn't "understand how anyone can come to any other conclusion."