KENNEDY STATEMENT ON DALLAS SHOOTINGS
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement on last night’s shootings in Dallas.
“Our country grieves for the five Dallas police officers that lost their lives last night. We stand with their families, communities and colleagues in condemning this senseless act of violence. We keep our thoughts and prayers in St. Paul and Baton Rouge, where the loved ones of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile experienced their own heartbreak and horror this week.
“There must be zero tolerance for targeted violence towards the brave men and women that risk their lives to protect ours. Zero tolerance towards the racial inequities deeply entrenched not only in our criminal justice system but in nearly every facet of our society. Zero tolerance for generalizations that cast a pall on the countless law enforcement officials that wake up every day and do their jobs with integrity, courage and compassion. And zero tolerance for the fact that black Americans have been forced to question whether their lives count.
“None of these goals are mutually exclusive. And a system that continues to treat them as such will continue to wake up every morning to unimaginable loss.”