RICHMOND, VA – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement on the police shootings in Dallas.
“Our hearts go out to the Dallas law enforcement officers who were injured and brutally murdered in the line of duty last night. The Virginia House of Delegates offers its condolences and prayers to the families of the officers, the Dallas law enforcement community, and the entire city of Dallas.
“This senseless violence is inexcusable. Violence against law enforcement is no way to mourn the tragic loss of life in Louisiana and Minnesota and no way to further the dialogue our nation needs. America is unique because of its ability to resolve differences through political and judicial institutions instead of resorting to violence.
“We are grateful to the brave men and women of the Virginia State Police, the Capitol Police, Sheriff’s offices and police departments, and all law enforcement personnel who risk their lives every day to keep our neighborhoods, communities, and Commonwealth safe. The General Assembly remains firmly committed to supporting these individuals in their work. They are heroes in the truest sense of the words and our appreciation for their efforts is boundless.”