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By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Monday, July 11, 2016

 

July 8, 2016            
For immediate release 
CONTACT: David Blanchette (217) 370-9223

Illinois FOP statement on shootings of Dallas police officers     

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Chris Southwood issued the following statement regarding the ambush-style shootings that killed five Dallas, Texas police officers and injured several others:

"What happened in Dallas was a purely evil, cowardly act. Those responsible should face the swiftest and most severe justice that our nation allows. The fallen are heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting the community they loved. Ironically, these heroes, some of whom were shot in the back, were protecting participants at an anti-police protest. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers go to the fallen and their families, the survivors and their families, friends and fellow law enforcement officers, as well as the civilians who were injured by these despicable acts.

"Illinois law enforcement officers vow to honor the memory of our fallen brothers in Dallas. Their ultimate sacrifice reminds us why we put on the badge every day - to make sure that cowardly criminals and evildoers are removed from our streets and the vast majority of good, honest citizens can enjoy living in our free society.

"We also express our disappointment with the current President, who vowed to unite the country and now eight years later we are more divided than before. More and more people think it is OK to demonize and urge violence against police officers, and this is a situation the President has done little to correct. I call upon all our political leadership, state and national, to tell the nation specifically what they intend to do to stop the senseless slayings of those who protect our way of life in every American community."         

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.