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Lawyers’ Committee Responds to Tragic Shooting Deaths of Police Officers in Dallas, Texas

For Immediate Release July 8, 2016


Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement following the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas, Texas:

“We join the nation in grieving the senseless deaths of five officers in Dallas, Texas who were killed in the line of duty while defending the civil rights of peaceful protesters,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  “The events of this past week underscore that violence disrupts the fabric of our nation.  Now is the time for communities to work together to address systemic issues that plague our country — excessive use of force against African Americans, the proliferation of assault weapons, and hate.”

“We extend condolences to the families of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota who continue to grieve and seek justice,” added Clarke.   


About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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