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Disaster In Dallas
Updated: Friday, July 08, 2016

Quinyetta McMillon. Photo: No attribution, 2016

The despicable ambush of police officers during a peaceful protest march in downtown Dallas deserves condemnation, but more importantly, a social response of unity and a political will to deal with a problem too long ignored. No one has benefited from this malais but the sickest in American society.

Unaddressed local and national government missteps have left the public unsafe and public safety professionals unsafe. Today, we’re all targets---on the street and in the crowd.

Of all the political and media pundit weigh-ins after the murder of five police officers, the shooting of seven more and the shooting of a civilian last night, only one public comment offers light as a first step to move us all out of this American mess. A plea from perhaps the least expected source. The family of Alton Sterling, 37, who was shot an killed during a highly controversial police confrontation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana---just two days ago.

A statement released today by Sterling family member Quinyetta McMillon about the unprovoked attack on Dallas police officers reads:

“We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department.

Our hearts break for the families of the officers who were lost as they protected protesters and residents alike during a rally.

Regardless of how angry or upset people may be, resorting to this kind of sickening violence should never happen and simply cannot be tolerated.

Members of law enforcement have a very difficult job, and the vast majority conduct themselves honorably as they protect and serve our communities.

We maintain that officers who violate the public trust and their training should be held accountable through our country’s justice system.

Responding to violence with violence is not the answer.”

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