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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Representing the 30th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Gives Moving Remarks about the Dallas Shootings the Floor of the House of Representatives

Jul 8, 2016
In The News

Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson delivered the following statement about the Dallas shooting on the Floor of the House of Representatives:

'Mr. Speaker, the calculated ambush and murders of the Dallas law enforcement officers during a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas last night was a disgraceful act of violence. My prayers and sympathy go out to the families of the officers slain and the victims of the shooting.

Our response going forward, not just in Dallas but across our nation, will be more important now than ever before. My thoughts and prayers are also with the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who violently lost their lives this week as well. We must de-escalate the violence.

This recent violence serves as a stark reminder that relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve remains extremely tense, and we must do everything we can not to enflame this tension even further.

We need to recognize the root cause of this tension and work to end the divisiveness between law enforcement and citizens. I do also want to commend the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit for their brave and swift response to the shooting. These officers are among some of the most capable and professional law enforcement officers in the country and I commend them for their bravery during this incident.

Mr. Speaker, I ask not for a moment of silence but also a moment of firm action!

We need to bring meaningful legislation to the floor that will help bridge the divide between law enforcement and our communities.Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.'

In addition to her statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following additional written statement:

'As more details of the shooting unfold, I encourage and implore the people of Dallas to remain calm. In these moments, it is important to remember the love of our community is much more powerful than the desire to retaliate.

This past week has been tragic and the events of the week remind us that there is very real tension between many communities and their law enforcement. This tension cannot be enflamed. We must continue to pray, search our hearts and souls, and bridge divisions in our communities so that unspeakable violence like this will never happen again.'

Link to Video of Floor Speech: