By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œMy heart breaks for our great nation. Itâ€™s difficult to consider how our children and grandchildren are inheriting a broken world, but people of goodwill need to stand strong. The American ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must always persevere,” Prieto said in a statement.
Last night, four suspects, at least two of which were snipers, killed five Dallas police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest that was actually supposed to be a demonstration against violence, per CNN.
One suspect was killed in a police standoff while three alleged suspects are in custody, the news network reported this morning.
â€œWe cannot stand for any senseless loss of life. African-Americans need to know a traffic stop wonâ€™t lead to death, and police officers need to know they will be respected. As we mourn for the lives lost, we recognize that we must do better,” the state Assembly Speaker added.
On Tuesday, Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge in an incident that many have pegged as a clear cut case of police brutality, also via CNN. The U.S. Department of Justice has already opened up an investigation into Sterling’s death.
â€œThe New Jersey General Assembly has worked hard on justice reform, cultural diversity training for police and gun safety, but this is clearly an ongoing discussion,” further explained Prieto.
Additionally, Philando Castile was killed in Minnesota on Wednesday during a traffic stop after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds from a police officer. Castile never left his vehicle during the incident and had no criminal history, sparking outrage among local officials and activists (h/t NBC News).
“We will continue our efforts and redouble them where needed as we consider initiatives moving forward, while remembering the better world we all want can be achieved only through compassion and understanding, not hate and violence. Our prayers and condolences are with the families on this sad day.â€