DALLAS — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton cancelled their Friday campaign events following a racially motivated Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and another seven injured.
The coordinated shooting Thursday night shocked the nation, and it occurred less than 48 hours after a pair of videos surfaced showing officers in Louisiana and then Minnesota shooting black men.
Three suspects in Dallas are in custody and a fourth one died in a standoff early Friday morning. Before he died, that suspect told police that he wanted to kill white people and white officers. He also said he was upset with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not known how many shooters there were.
Trump called the killings “an attack on our country.”
“It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe,” he said. “We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.
“The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done. This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.”
Trump added that “our nation has become too divided.”
“Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children. This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”
Clinton said on Twitter “I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them.” (A full statement by Clinton was not available.)
Said Dallas Police Chief David Brown, “All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens. We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”