Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Death of Police Officers in Dallas

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in reaction to the shootings of police officers in Dallas:

We mourn the loss of the officers who were shot in the line of duty in Dallas, protecting the right to protest peacefully. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families, the city of Dallas, and the nation.

Violence is never the answer to violence, and two wrongs never make a right. As a nation and as people, we are defined by our values. We are better than this. We categorically reject the idea that anyone can justify anger by murdering police officers or civilians.

It is not enough to want to be better; we have to get better—as human beings, as communities, as a nation. This senseless killing must stop, and we all have to find a way to make it stop.