Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) today issued the following statement regarding the Dallas sniper attack and the recent police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
“I woke up yesterday morning to horrific videos depicting the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two African American men shot and killed by police, and my stomach churned. I went to bed last night with the same gut-wrenching feeling knowing at least four police officers had been murdered in Dallas. This morning, officials confirmed a total of five police officers working a peaceful protest were dead and another nine people, including two civilians, were injured.”
“Though the investigation into the Dallas incident continues, it is clear from the one gunman’s statements that this was a cold and calculated crime to kill police based on their position in society and for the color of their skin. And, disturbingly, we’re seeing more Americans turn against each other as hate manifests itself in speech and violent deeds. This is not the America that we dream of for our children.”
“President Obama was correct when he said that officers who put their lives on the line every day for our communities deserve to be able to go home to their families at night. Innocent, law-abiding citizens also deserve that right. Too many families are grieving this week and we must do better.”
“That is the very essence of a civilized society. And as a civilized society, we must reject those seeking political gain by pitting Americans against Americans. Everyone should condemn the Dallas sniper attacks as well as the disturbingly high number of police-involved shootings of black Americans. Police put their lives on the line for the safety of our citizens and we are grateful for that. But citizens should not put their lives on the line when dealing with routine law enforcement interactions. The health, well-being, and safety of all Americans must be preserved and respected if we want our country to live up to its great promise.”