The mayor of Dallas, Texas––who is still dealing with the aftermath of a shooting in his city––reacted to yet another killing of police officers in Baton Rouge this morning.
He makes it clear in the following statement that peaceful protesters have a duty to denounce these kinds of attacks:
Reports out of Baton Rouge this morning of three officers killed and others wounded are deeply disturbing. This must stop. Violence against our police officers under any circumstances is not acceptable and poses a grave threat to all of us. Those peacefully protesting police across the country must swiftly condemn this type of violence against law enforcement.
Baton Rouge is, of course, where Alton Sterling was fatally shot by a police officer just weeks ago. His death and the death of Philando Castile in Minnesota triggered protests across the country, and it’s believed those incidents may have influenced the gunman who targeted cops in Dallas.
Earlier this afternoon, Deray McKesson––one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement––issued a brief statement saying that while he’s waiting for more information to come in about Baton Rouge, “The movement began as a call to end violence. That call remains.”
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