Leaders Speak out on Dallas Police Shootings

Responses from leaders are coming in after the horrific events that took place in Dallas, Texas Thursday evening. CNN reports five officers were killed and seven other officers were left wounded after snipers shot them while they were working at a protest. Leaders in Minnesota and on the Presidential campaign trail are responding to the shooting.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton states, “I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families, and all who serve with them.”

Presumptive Republican Nominee for President Donald Trump shared in a Facebook status, “Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children. This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”

In a joint release Friday morning Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith shared their abhorrence to the shootings.  Dayton states, “The terrible acts of murder in Dallas have shocked and horrified the nation. Minnesotans join with the nation in mourning with the families and friends of these fallen officers. Today, our hearts also go out to the many, many law enforcement officers who faithfully serve our communities, and risk their lives every day and night to protect and serve the people of Minnesota and the nation.”

Dayton calls on all Minnesotans to end violence, explaining, “I ask all Minnesotans, from all faiths and walks of life, to pray and work for an end to the violence that has defined this last week. I urge all of us, everywhere, to call upon our own best natures: to care for one another, seek to understand one another, and together build stronger, safer communities for everyone.”

Lt. Governor Smith shared hope for the future, stating, “I have faith that good people, with good hearts, doing good things, will help heal the wounds of this terrible week, and create safer communities for all of our people.”

Julia Erynn