BAEO Statement on Tragedies In Texas, Louisiana, and Minnesota

BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper released the following statement addressing police actions that took the lives of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the senseless act of violence that left five law enforcement officers dead and others wounded:

"We are stunned and saddened by the horrific acts of violence across our country this week that took the lives of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and Philando Castile outside of Minneapolis, MN. We are equally heartbroken by the causalities sustained by Dallas law enforcement officers who were doing their jobs serving and protecting the public.

"Our hearts go out to all of the families impacted by these senseless tragedies and pray that those injured recover quickly.

"We urge everyone to reflect on President Obama's recent statement for us to 'come together as a nation, and keep faith with one another, in order to ensure a future where all of our children know that their lives matter.'

"We believe one of the ways to fight injustice is with education, not violence. We can express outrage at police violence and tactics against our communities while still supporting the vast majority of officers who do their jobs well.

"This is a time for healing and to reject ideologies of hate and bigotry that so often divides us as Americans."