Gary Johnson issues statement on the Dallas police shootings


From Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s Facebook page, July 8th, 2016:

Gov. Weld and I issued the following statement this morning regarding the Dallas police shootings:

“Our thoughts are with the families and colleagues of the Dallas police officers who were so brutally murdered. The apparently calculated and cold-blooded shooting of those who were simply trying to ensure the peaceful exercise of citizens’ rights to protest is both despicable and unacceptable in our society.

Violence and murder are not how we deal with problems in America. But to the extent that they are symptoms of the real issues of injustices suffered by minorities and mistrust of authorities, we cannot hide from those issues. All Americans, including those in law enforcement, deserve leadership that will restore public faith and begin the process of healing the divide between those in authority and those who are subject to that authority, regardless of race, ethnicity and economic status.

We have real issues in this country with regard to the relationship between law enforcement and our communities — and those issues must be dealt with calmly and cooperatively. As we go about that effort, we must all join in rejecting the kind of cowardly and tragic atrocity that has occurred in Dallas.

As a nation, we have wounds to bind.”

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