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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke Friday on this week’s shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, where five police officers were killed Thursday night.
She emphasized that the answer to the tragedies must not be violence.
“After the events of this week, Americans across our country are feeling a sense of helplessness of uncertainty and fear. These feelings are understandable…but the answer must not be violence. Our answer must be action. Calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined action.”
Thursday’s fatal shooting began shortly before 9 p.m. when, police say, an uncertain number of snipers shot and killed five police officers, wounded seven more and injured two civilians at a downtown Dallas demonstration to protest the recent killings of black men by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
The suspect, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, of Mesquite, Texas, was killed after a standoff with police.
Lynch said that after the shootings, Americans must continue to build trust between their communities and police departments.
She said Americans must “also take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons.”
And she emphasized that the Department of Justice will support all those affected in this week’s tragedies in the days ahead.
“Today, the (victims) are mourned by officers, by residents, by family and friends, by men and women and children who loved them. They are mourned by all of us,” said Lynch.