Statement of IACP President Terrence M. Cunningham on Louisiana Shootings
As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am sickened and appalled by the events unfolding in Baton Rouge today. I, along with the entire membership of the IACP, grieve for the brave men and women of the Louisiana law enforcement community.
Sadly, today’s events and those in Dallas, once again demonstrate the profound dangers law enforcement face and witness on a daily basis. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to confront crime and violence in our communities. They do this because they took an oath to safeguard their fellow citizens. They believe in that oath, and they feel an allegiance to and pride for the citizens they protect and the communities they serve.
Tragically, the troubling reality is that today law enforcement officers are being targeted just for wearing a uniform. This is intolerable, inexcusable and totally unacceptable. It is essential to remember that law enforcement officers, like the people they protect, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons. Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the solution.
Understanding recent challenges, we call on community leaders to work with the law enforcement community to address issues of mutual concern, identify solutions, modify rhetoric and ensure safer communities for our citizens and our officers.