My heart is filled with sorrow for the tragedies that took place last night in Dallas and for the lives lost in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and too often across the nation. There are no words to make sense of the sickness that continues to rear its head in America.
Violence only begets violence, and we are a better country than that, we are better people than that. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have lost their loved ones and to a country reeling from such horror.
There is no greater covenant than the one between our safety officers and the community. But that covenant has been breached. All of us must commit to being the repairers of the breach. We must stand together as a community. We must decry the violence that tears at the very fabric of our society.
Today, we make a call to action in Denver to begin this reconciliation. I am asking our churches, faith leaders and community organizations to hold gatherings starting this weekend. Help provide a positive space for our community to mourn together, to voice their concerns together, and to work to find solutions together.
It will take the collective effort of each and every one of us to change what we see occurring across the country. We cannot afford to wait a moment longer before we take meaningful action. Let us begin by taking that action, together, today.