Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s Statement on Dallas Police Shootings

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 8, 2016.  Following last night’s killing of five Dallas law enforcement officers and the wounding of another seven, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) issued the following statement:
“Last night’s coordinated ambush on Dallas law enforcement officers is an atrocity. It will only serve to distract from and undermine the efforts of peaceful protesters seeking an end to the needless violence that took the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this week. The heartless, calculated and unjustifiable murder of five officers—the very people who put their lives on the line to protect our streets—and wounding of seven others is especially tragic given the Dallas Police Department’s leadership in improving community relations, transparency and supporting the rights of peaceful protesters.”
“Even as last night’s chaos was still unfolding, the brave officers being targeted remained in harm’s way to protect their fallen colleagues and help save protesters from bursts of gunfire. The most responsible—and best—thing we can do to honor their actions and those we lost is remain calm and not rush to judgment as we continue to learn all the facts. Let us be vigilant in our words to be sure we don’t escalate this tragic situation or inflame emotions any further. Now is the time for our nation to come together and unite against all hateful violence. My condolences go out to the families of officers killed and my prayers are with those wounded and still in surgery.”