URBAN LEAGUE LEADERS: BATON ROUGE POLICE KILLINGS "A HORROR"
"The Nation Must Unite In Pursuit Of Peace And Justice"
NEW YORK -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and Erika McConduit, President and CEO of the Urban League affiliate in Louisiana, today described the shooting of police in Baton Rouge as a horror, and called the level of gun violence in the nation an urgent crisis.
"Our hearts are broken at the news of three more police killed and three more wounded," Morial said. "The epidemic of gun violence in our nation has been at crisis levels for several years and requires immediate action."
The Urban League Movement grieves for the slain officers and prays for their families and the wounded officers, Morial said. "The nation must unite in pursuit of peace and justice."
"These killings are intolerable," McConduit said. "We have wasted too much time, and lost too many lives. If ever there was a time for the nation to come together and confront the plague of gun violence it is now."
Morial and McConduit urged elected officials, community leaders and every American to recommit to ending gun violence and healing the rifts between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE: DALLAS POLICE SHOOTINGS "HORRIFIC"
NEW YORK (July 8, 2016) -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in regard to the deadly violence against police officers in Dallas:
"Like all Americans, we in the Urban League Movement are horrified by the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas. The violence in our streets is a crisis of epidemic proportions, and we must come together as a nation to end it.
"Our hearts go out to the families of the slain officers and those who were wounded and may be fighting for their lives at this moment. We honor the sacrifices that first responders make and the risk at which they put themselves, and we pray every day for their safety.
"I call upon our elected officials, community leaders and every American to dedicate ourselves to ending gun violence and healing the rifts between law enforcement and the communities they serve."