Jul 8, 2016 10:24 AM

Top New Hampshire officials react to Dallas police shootings


CONCORD - New Hampshire's top elected officials are speaking out following the horrific slayings of five police offices in Dallas, Texas.

“Tom and I join all Granite Staters in mourning the brave members of law enforcement who lost their lives in Dallas protecting the rights of their fellow citizens to peacefully protest. We pray for the full and swift recovery of those wounded, and we stand with the family and friends of all these officers. We must not rest until the perpetrators of this ambush are brought to justice," wrote Gov. Maggie Hassan, in a statement Friday morning, hours after the shootings in Dallas.

“In the aftermath of last night's shooting, we also want the extraordinary members of New Hampshire's law enforcement community to know how grateful we are for their service and professionalism – and the sacrifices their families make – each and every day. You face danger every single day to keep our families and our communities safe, and we are profoundly grateful.

“All Americans need to stand together on this terrible morning and make sure we continue to do so each and every morning. Pictures before the shootings showed police officers and protesters in Dallas – and in cities across the country – working peacefully and respectfully together. It was a reminder of the professionalism, passion and fundamental goodwill of our law enforcement officers and our citizens.

“As we mourn the death of these officers and grapple with these horrific events, we must re-commit ourselves to being there for the people of Dallas, to being there for each other, and to building bridges of respect and compassion in every community that will help keep us all safe.”

New Hampshire's senior U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, said in a statement that "my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the slain and wounded police officers, injured protestors, and the City of Dallas. This needless violence is heartbreaking. I'm horrified that law enforcement officers protecting a peaceful protest in their community were ruthlessly targeted."

"While much is still unknown about these murderers, I condemn this violence in the strongest terms and offer my condolences to the families and extended law enforcement community. Justice will be served," Shaheen added.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte also put out a statement, writing that "while words are of little comfort during this horrific tragedy, Joe and I are praying for the families and loved ones of the fallen officers and those injured in Dallas."

"Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep us safe and their selfless service is often unnoticed and unappreciated. We owe them so much, and when officers fall in the line of duty, we know we can never repay that sacrifice," Ayotte continued.

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