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Attorney General Loretta Lynch: ‘The Answer Must Not Be Violence’

LynchFollowing the attacks in Dallas that left five police officers murdered and seven others injured, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for “calm, peaceful, collaborative, and determined action” in the fight against gun violence.

Lynch pledged her support to the city of Dallas, and noted that the violence had occurred after hours of peaceful demonstrations.

“This has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss. The peaceful protest that was planned in Dallas last night was organized in response to the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.” She noted that the DoJ was heading a civil rights investigation in the former case while assisting a local investigation in the latter.

“After the events of this week Americans across the country a feeling a sense of helplessness, of uncertainty and fear,” she continued. “These feelings are understandable and they are justified. But the answer must not be violence. The answer is never violence.”

“We must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them,” she said. “And we must reflect on the kind of country that we want to build and the kind of society which we are choosing to pass on to our children.

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