FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/08/2016
State Rep. Helen Giddings Responds to Attack on Dallas Police
Austin- Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) released the following statement on the violence in Dallas, Texas:
"Today we mourn the loss of our fallen police officers and pray for their families. We pray for the recovery of the wounded- both police and civilian. And we pray for an end to the violence and bloodshed that came to our city yesterday evening.
A nightmare unfolded on the streets of Dallas last night. Five police officers were maliciously and callously murdered while upholding their sworn duty to protect an assembly of peaceful marchers concerned about police shootings- most recently in Minnesota and Louisiana. These brave officers were serving a community in pain, which tragically led to their assassination- and even more suffering. Our state and our country aches for each of the victims and their families.
We have experienced inconceivable pain over the past week. We must all come together to heal our nation's wounds rather than incite more pain. We must treat each other with dignity and kindness- not hate and distrust.
I thank Mayor Mike Rawlings, Police Chief David Brown, and the entire Dallas Police Department for their ongoing efforts to bring justice for the fallen. We are fortunate to have these public servants working on behalf of each of us in this time of sorrow.
I challenge each of us to honor these officers' memories by making a personal commitment to a world of respect and tolerance- not violence and hatred. Let us listen to each other, love each other, and help each other. Our community lies broken and hurt. We must all lend our hands and our hearts to the required cause of rebuilding."
Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.