In the News
By Sarah D. Wire
Members of California's congressional delegation on Friday were mourning the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas.
Several included the fatal shootings by police of Alton Sterling of Louisiana and Philando Castile of Minnesota in their remarks.
“My thoughts are with the families of those brave Dallas police officers, as well as the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile," Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) said in a statement. "But, as we mourn, we must remember that we do not mourn murder through murder. Nor do we create justice through injustice. Now is the time for all of us to come together."
“The vicious and deliberate attack on public safety officers in Dallas last night was unconscionable. That it occurred while men, women and children were engaged in a righteous and peaceful protest against the senseless killing of two men this week made it even more horrible," Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) said in a statement. "As tragic and wrong as the deaths of Sterling and Castile were, violence against law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day cannot be tolerated and is never justified."
In a speech on the House floor, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) asked for justice and mercy.
“Many questions have yet to be answered, but whatever the motivation of the perpetrators of this horrible crime, it is clear that those perpetrators of this vile act have an agenda of evil. The past few days have seen too much death and too much heartbreak," Pelosi said.
“We condemn the intolerable actions by a few people who exploited a peaceful demonstration, shooting police officers who were there to protect those marching," Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk) said in a statement. "We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the officers slain and wish speedy recovery to those injured."
“Though the investigation into the Dallas incident continues, it is clear from the one gunman’s statements that this was a cold and calculated crime to kill police based on their position in society and for the color of their skin," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said in a statement. "And, disturbingly, we’re seeing more Americans turn against each other as hate manifests itself in speech and violent deeds. This is not the America that we dream of for our children.”