For Immediate Release: 
July 18, 2016

Contact: Matthew Nocella, (202) 724-8105

Grosso Responds to Police Killings in Baton Rouge

Washington, D.C. – In response to yesterday’s tragic killings of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) released the following statement:

“I am appalled and deeply saddened by yesterday’s killings of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  My heart goes out to the families and friends of those killed. These cruel attacks against law enforcement underscore the urgency we have as a nation, and locally as a community, to commit to nonviolence.

“Last week, I released a statement in response to the recent killings that we saw in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas. Lives were lost – police officers and civilians. These killings – all killings – must stop. But the killings will not end without bold leadership.

“There is too much hostility in every corner of the globe and we as community leaders must stand against it. President Obama has called on our nation to temper our words and open our hearts.  As government officials – elected leaders, law enforcement officers, agency heads, and school principals – we must be the first to follow this call and commit to nonviolence. 

“I ask that D.C. government leaders commit to nonviolence to help our communities channel our collective grief and frustration into just and peaceful resolution of conflict in our homes, neighborhoods, and schools. It starts by opening our hearts, recognizing each person’s humanity, and treating each other with dignity.”