ADL Condemns Horrific Murders of Dallas Law Enforcement Officers

Dallas, TX, July 8, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned the murders of Dallas law enforcement officers during an otherwise peaceful protest last night against the shooting deaths of two African-American men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. 

In an apparently well-planned and coordinated attack, which President Barack Obama described as “vicious, calculated and despicable,” five officers were killed and seven were injured, along with two civilians. It appeared to be the deadliest attack against law enforcement officers since terror attacks of 9/11.

“We condemn this horrific attack against Dallas law enforcement officers in strongest terms. We have reached out to the Dallas Police Department to convey our condolences and offer support,” said Roberta Clark, ADL Dallas Regional Director. “At this early point in the investigation, the motive for this odious attack is unknown and it would be irresponsible to jump to conclusions or cast blame. We must let the investigation run its course.”

“In the aftermath of this attack on law enforcement and the recent police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, we appeal to the public to remain calm during this challenging and difficult time,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Violence should never beget violence. Solutions will be found only when we work together peacefully and engage in constructive dialogue.”

ADL extended its deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen and injured.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.