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Rep. John Lewis Comments on Shootings in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge

July 8, 2016
Press Release

Today, Rep. John Lewis made comments about the series of shootings American communities have faced in recent days, including the horrific murder of police officers in Dallas.  This statement is based on the comments he made during a Congressional Black Caucus press conference today.

"We pray for our nation, for the people of Louisiana, Minnesota, and the families of the victims, for the police officers, their families, and the people in Dallas. There is not any room in our society for violence.  We must find a better way in a civilized society to resolve human problems.  Violence creates even more challenges , and it solves very little.

"We also must respect law enforcement officers. Dallas police officers were only doing their job and were cut down in the line of duty.  I do believe, however, that there needs to be better training of law enforcement officers. Sometimes I feel that maybe, not only those of us who engage in nonviolent protest, but also police officers need to be taught the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence, to respect the dignity and the worth of every human being. That was what we were taught. When we were arrested, jailed, and beaten, we did not fight back. And today, we cry out, we feel the pain; we feel the hurt of the people in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas, and all across our country.

"We must take action to stop senseless violence in every form, but whatever we do, we must do it in an orderly, peaceful, nonviolent fashion to redeem the soul of America and create what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called a Beloved Community. We all live in the same house, and it doesn’t matter whether we are black or white, Latino, Asian American, or Native American. We are one people. We are one family, we are one house. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters. If not, we will perish as fools. We have too many guns.  There’s been too much violence. And we must act to change that."