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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Commemorates Dallas Shooting One-Year Anniversary

Jul 7, 2017
Press Release

DALLAS, TX – Today, Congresswoman Johnson released the following statement in remembrance of last year’s shooting in downtown Dallas, in which 5 police officers were violently killed:  

“Today marks one year since the tragic shooting of our local law enforcement in downtown Dallas. On a night meant for peaceful protests in response to the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, chaos erupted and tragedy struck the heart of the city. The unjustifiable act of violence took the lives of five police officers: DPD Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, DPD Officer Michael Krol, DPD Sgt. Michael Smith, DPD Office Patricio “Patrick” Zamarripa and DART Officer Brent Thompson. We remain grateful for these brave men who served in our community. The ambush on the very lives meant to serve and protect showed the stark contrast between law enforcement and the community. One year later, we are still working to de-escalate the message of hate that is spewed throughout the nation. We must continue to work towards easing the tension that is evident in our country by implementing legislation that will bridge the gap between police officers and civilians.”

“I commend the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Transit for their quick response on that fatal night. Without the dedication of first responders, the situation would have escalated even more. We honor the people who lost their lives one year ago today, as well as those who risked their lives to protect and serve the protesters. On this day of remembrance, let us a remember the heroic actions of those who serve and protect us selflessly each day.”  

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