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Law enforcement reacts to shooting in Dallas

Law enforcement agencies from around the Finger Lakes have been reacting to the news out of Dallas, where five police officers were murdered by a sniper. Seven others were injured and it rocked a night that was otherwise viewed as peaceful. Police had been marching with protesters, and as the protest wrapped up – at least one gunman, who was reportedly perched above the street opened fire on them. While social media has lit up with outcry from both sides of the political aisle – members of law enforcement from around the area have been reacting. Here is some of the reaction:Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra:“The deliberate attack against Law Enforcement in downtown Dallas, Texas last night reminds us of the growing threat all members in Law Enforcement deal with on a daily basis throughout our nation. Violent acts targeting law enforcement must not become acceptable and the select few that are committing these crimes must not be allowed to represent this nation’s feeling toward law enforcement. We, the Seneca Falls Police Department, are fortunate that our community supports and embraces their local law enforcement agency. The nation needs the public’s help and I ask that everyone remain vigilant and report anything to the police that is suspicious.I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to our brothers and sisters in blue, their families, and everyone affected by this tragedy. If you see a Law Enforcement Officer, please take the time to thank them for everything they do to keep our communities and nation safe every day.”Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts:“Our prayers and thoughts to the families and loved one’s of the fallen and injured Dallas PD and Transportation Officers.”Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero:“The members of the Ontario County Office of Sheriff mourn with the families and friends of our fellow police officers in Dallas. We pray for a speedy recovery of the wounded officers. All Americans must join together in support of law enforcement.”The peaceful protests were advocating for a racial gap to be closed, which has existed in the U.S. for a number of years. While many members of law enforcement understand the gap, the problems associated with it, and that changes have to be made – instances like those that unfolded in Dallas detract from those exercising their right to peacefully protest. The protests around the U.S. were spurred by the killing of two African American men in Louisiana and Minnesota by members of law enforcement. Both incidents attracted national attention, and may even yield charges against the involved officers. However, investigations are ongoing at this time and many details remain unclear.

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