by Melanie Hunter CNSnews:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded to Thursday night’s fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers by calling for calm in the wake of two recent fatal police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and saying the U.S. needs to “take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers get their hands on deadly weapons.”
“We must continue working to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law, and we must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them,” Lynch said.
Lynch said the DOJ, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshal Service, and U.S. Attorney’s officer are on the scene in Dallas helping their state and local counterparts with the investigation into the police officers’ shootings.
“We intend to provide any assistance that we can to investigate this attack and also to help heal a community that has been severely shaken and deeply scarred by an unfathomable tragedy. This is an unfolding situation. We’ll be providing additional information when it is available and appropriate, but more so, this has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss,” Lynch said.
A black motorist in Minnesota, Philando Castile, was killed Wednesday after police stopped him for a broken tail light. His girlfriend streamed video of the aftermath of his shooting live on Facebook, the Associated Press reported. Castile’s death comes one day after a man in Baton Rouge was killed after a scuffle with police who confronted him outside a convenience store. Portions of Alton Sterling’s encounter was also caught on video.
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