Like all Americans, we in the Urban League Movement are horrified by the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas. The violence in our streets is a crisis of epidemic proportions, and we must come together as a nation to end it.
Our hearts go out to the families of the slain officers and those who were wounded and may be fighting for their lives at this moment. We honor the sacrifices that first responders make and the risk at which they put themselves, and we pray every day for their safety. Let us pray for the Castile family in Minnesota as they mourn the loss of Philando, a father, and role model for hundreds of kids and for the Sterling family in Louisiana as they mourn the loss of Alton, whom they loved.
I call upon our elected officials, community leaders and every American to dedicate ourselves to ending gun violence and healing the rifts between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
President and CEO
Grand Rapids Urban League