Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a statement Friday about the recent attack on officers, killing five and injuring nine others at a protest against recent officer-involved shootings.
The statement included condolences to the families and mentioned the Department of Justice including FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office are all working closely with the state and local counterparts to provide assistance to help investigate this incident.
“This is an unfolding situation and we will provide additional information when it is available and appropriate,” said Lynch.
She also stated protest that was planned last night was organized in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
“After the events of this week, Americans across the country are feeling a sense of helplessness, of uncertainty and of fear. These feelings are understandable and they are justified. But the answer must not be violence. The answer is never violence,” she said.
Lynch said the answer of action should be calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined. A continuance to build trust between communities and law enforcement, working together to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law, taking a look at which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and frequency using them, reflection on the country we want to build and the type of society we want to pass onto the children, reject the easy impulses of bitterness and rancor and embrace the work of finding a path together to move forward.
“Above all, we must remind ourselves that we are all Americans and that as Americans, we share not just a common land, but a common life,” the attorney general said.
The attorney general closed her statement by saying we share the loss and pain of the families who lost their lives in this series of tragedies and to the bothers and sisters who wear the badge; she is very grateful for the difficult and dangerous work they do every day to keep our streets safe and our nations secure.
She mentioned not to be discouraged by those who use officer’s lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence. Those seeking improvement in our country, “we will continue to safeguard officers constitutional rights and work with you in the difficult mission of building an better nation and brighter future.”
“I ask you not allow the events of this week to precipitate a “new normal” in our country. I ask you to turn to each other, not against each other as we move forward,” said Lynch. She reminded us to remember that we are one nation, one people and we stand together.