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.