(KMSP) - Minnesota leaders and law enforcement agencies are reacting to the news in Baton Rouge, where three police officers were killed in shooting Sunday morning. Three other police officers were injured.
Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement:
“The terrible murder of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge shocks the conscience of every decent-minded American. I renew my plea for all Minnesotans to engage only in peaceful and lawful ways to exercise their First Amendment rights. This is our opportunity to help lead the nation away from this wanton, mass violence and toward a reconciliation and healing.”
Lt. Governor Tina Smith issued the following statement:
"I join all Minnesotans in mourning the tragic shooting deaths of two Baton Rouge police officers and an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy. Our prayers are with their families, friends, and communities. Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge and across our country bravely serve to keep us safe with little consideration for their own well-being. This makes their murders particularly horrifying. We must stop this terrible violence."
Mayor Betsy Hodges issued the following statement:
“Once again — once again — we are in mourning. Today, it is for the police officers in Baton Rouge who were killed and injured in a shocking, cowardly, and deeply wrong attack that turns my stomach.
To say my heart is heavy, to say my thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones, and colleagues of the officers who were killed in Baton Rouge, and to ask everyone to do the same — it is all true, and I am deeply sad about having to say it, once again.
I am also and especially holding special care for the men and women of the Minneapolis Police Department, who are profoundly affected by this attack and who are also in mourning. The chief and I are doing what we can to ensure their safety as they continue to provide service to our community in such a charged environment.
Our charge as a people and community is to strive to remember the humanity of each one of us as we proceed forward from here. That will make us stronger, and safer, and more thoughtful as people and as a community as we tackle some of the ugly challenges that are in front of us. I remain committed to that charge and ask all of us to do the same.”
Our prayers are with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Baton Rouge PD pic.twitter.com/Qc0KmBx1wG— U of MN Police Dept (@UMPDGopher) July 17, 2016
Our condolences to @BRPD and the family and friends of the officers who were tragically killed and injured.— Dakota County SO (@DakotaMNSheriff) July 17, 2016