This Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot to death by police who were pinning him down during an incident outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge. Because Alton was black and the officer who shot him white, cries of racism quickly joined claims of police brutality.
A rally, inspired by his death and the controversial fatal police shooting of 32-year-old black man Philando Castille near Minneapolis on Wednesday, took place last night in downtown Dallas. During the event, though, two or more shooters ambushed police officers, killing five, wounding seven more, and injuring two civilians. The only suspect identified made it clear to law enforcement that he was targeting white officers over the deaths of Sterling and Castille.
This morning, according to WSB-TV, Sterling’s family released this powerful statement:
“We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department.
Our hearts break for the families of the officers who were lost as they protected protesters and residents alike during a rally.
Regardless of how angry or upset people may be, resorting to this kind of sickening violence should never happen and simply cannot be tolerated.
Members of law enforcement have a very difficult job and the vast majority conduct themselves honorably as they protect and serve our communities.
We maintain that officers who violate the public trust and their training should be held accountable through our country's justice system. Responding to violence with violence is not the answer.”
What do you think of this?