MINNEAPOLIS (July 17, 2016) — Following the shooting deaths of three police officers in Baton Rouge this morning, Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson, Council Vice-President Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member and Public Safety Committee Chair Blong Yang condemned the violence and expressed sorrow for the families of the slain officers and the Baton Rogue Police Department.
“I am heartsick at this morning’s shootings in Baton Rouge. Violence against law enforcement is intolerable and can never be justified,” said Council President Barbara Johnson. “As city leaders, we are horrified at the loss of lives and condemn this vicious act in the strongest terms possible. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the three Baton Rouge officers killed, to the officers injured and to the Baton Rogue Police Department. I also want to offer my full support to the men and women of the Minneapolis Police Department that serve and protect our community so ably. Their safety remains my highest concern.”
“The fatal shooting of three police officers this morning in Baton Rouge has added a terrible new chapter to the violent and tragic events that have reverberated across our region and nation over the past two weeks,” said City Council Vice-President Elizabeth Glidden. “My deepest sympathies go out to the families of the slain officers and to the Baton Rogue Police Department, as well as to those serving in the Minneapolis Police Department who are deeply affected. We must be reminded that we are all one community, law enforcement and civilians alike. We must come together to stop the violence. Acts of peaceful protest should and must continue, just as our law enforcement community should and will continue to protect those they serve.”
Council Member Blong Yang, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Emergency Management Committee, also expressed his anger and sadness.
“The violence never seems to end,” Yang said. “The nation veers from one tragedy to another with yet more lives lost. I want to express my sincere sorrow to the families of the Baton Rouge officers who lost their lives this morning as well as to the Baton Rouge Police Department which is now in the midst of such grief. Together we must bring this senseless violence to an end. To the men and women of the Minneapolis Police Department, please know that your safety and security is of our utmost concern as we move forward in these uncertain times.”