Statement from IACP President Walter A. McNeil

The horrific incident today in Louisiana is yet another tragic reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers on a daily basis. On behalf of the membership of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the families of the fallen officers, their friends and colleagues. I also want to extend my best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to the other officers who were wounded in this tragic event.

This incident, coupled with the recent mass casualty attacks in Colorado, Wisconsin and Texas, only serves to emphasize the urgent need for our nation to address gun violence. Too many of our fellow citizens and brave law enforcement officers suffer because of our unwillingness to address the critical issue of gun violence in a timely and effective manner.

As a nation, we must not shy away from action on illegal firearms and gun violence when police officers are getting gunned down and out gunned on our streets every day and more than 11,000 deaths by firearms occur each year.

It is time that we come together, elected officials, citizens and police leaders, to support our country’s law enforcement officers and commit to reducing gun violence and finally put an end to tragic murders such as these.