In the wake of the deadly shooting in Dallas, Texas Thursday night that left five police officers dead and seven more wounded, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and local Congressman John Shimkus have issued statements condemning the violence and supporting law enforcement. The initial shots occurred Thursday night during a protest against police violence in downtown Dallas. According to ABC News, while in a standoff with police the shooter said that the he acted alone and was not affiliated with any of groups protesting. He was later killed as a result of police explosive device. Three other suspects are currently in custody.
Governor Rauner condemned the incident and spoke to the need for unity in a statement issued Friday morning.
“The ambush attack on Dallas police officers is outrageous. The men and women who work every day to protect everyone, including those exercising their right to free speech, deserve our respect and support. The shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota that led to last night’s protests, are deeply distressing. All of these events speak to the lack of unity and trust in many of our communities and underscores the urgency in addressing that lack of trust. Diana and I pray that the victims, their families, and our entire country find strength, healing and peace to rebuild trust among our neighbors and communities.” Said Governor Rauner
Congressman Shimkus of Illinois 15th District also mentioned the need for unity in statement Friday.
“I am saddened and outraged by the most recent deaths in our country. I mourn with the families of all who have died. We must bring hope to our struggling cities and communities while protecting and supporting our law enforcement. Today is the time to weep, but tomorrow it’s time to get to work bringing our country back together.” Congressman Shimkus said in a press release.