I wanted to share with everyone a statement that AFSCME President Lee Saunders posted to social media this evening in response to the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
I also wish to add our condolences to the families of the Dallas officers killed and injured in a senseless act of violence. In the aftermath of this horrific event we stand with the people of Dallas and their police department. And pray that we each work for justice and to heal our nation.
Statement from AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
“As a union that represents public service workers, including law enforcement officers, and is steeped in the history of civil rights, AFSCME has a unique perspective of the crisis roiling this country. And make no mistake: this is a crisis. Denying it is not an option.
“We must end the unacceptable violence that cut short the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, while honoring the millions of officers who do a dangerous job each day with dignity and respect for all. We are better than this.”
President Lee Saunders