100 Black Men of America’s Response to Shootings in Dallas

100 Black Men of America extends its condolences to the families, friends and community members of the slain officers in Dallas. These men and women of law enforcement were reverently and honorably performing their duties to serve and protect their community. There is no justification for these murders, as there is no justification for the recent murders of Alston Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota.

It has been a challenging week for the American people, as we mourn the losses of spouses, parents, children and loved ones. The 100 condemns all acts of violence and feels as strongly about these murders. Any suggestion that this type of “retaliatory action” is warranted, contradicts our beliefs as an organization.

Our resolve to stand up and champion meaningful and sustainable change is stronger than ever. The advancement and implementation of community policing, bias training, implementation of the federal task force recommendations and the modification of gun control laws are all ways that we can continue to make a difference in our communities.

We have been in close contact with our chapters across the country to engage, educate and spur dialog with local law enforcement officials, elected officials and members of the community. It is clear that the heinous killings of our family and community members must stop.

We must rise to the occasion and find a sustainable solution. The future of our communities and our country depends on it.