One year ago today in the most deadly attack on American law enforcement since September 11, four Dallas police officers and one DART police officer lost their lives and nine other officers were injured in a horrific act of violence by a trained sniper. The attack occurred during a peaceful protest that was a model of cooperation between a police force and its community. The sniper’s bullets shattered the peace of that night, but they have not broken the Dallas community or the police force who serve it so well.
On the anniversary of this dark day for America, while we mourn the loss of Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Officer Michael Krol, DART Police Officer Brent Thompson, and Sergeant Michael Smith, let us also commit to following the example set that night and recommit to building a lasting trust between the men and women in blue — who put their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe — and the people they are sworn to protect.
I join the North Texas community in honoring our brave officers of the law and offer my thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy.
Last July, five Dallas police officers were killed in a mass shooting in downtown Dallas and at El Centro College.