- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday offered a message of support to the law enforcement community, condemning the recent brutal killings of police officers in Texas and Illinois.

“I know that these men and women have volunteered to take on one of the most challenging, dangerous and important jobs that we have here,” said Ms. Lynch, speaking at a fair housing conference in D.C. “They do this for us. They move us aside, they run into danger for us, and so please again keep them in your prayers.”

Ms. Lynch’s comments come on the heels of two fatal attacks on police officers over the last week. In the Houston suburbs on Friday, Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was shot 15 times while pumping gas. One man was arrested in connection in his death, and authorities believe the deputy was targeted because he was a member of law enforcement. On Tuesday outside of Chicago, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz radioed that he was checking on three people involved in suspicious activity and shortly after was found shot to death. Investigators are still searching for the suspects involved.

Ms. Lynch, the first black woman to serve as the nation’s top federal prosecutor, noted that she had spent “virtually my entire career” working closely with law enforcement personnel and that “our hearts are broken over this.”

Law enforcement officials in recent days have called on national leaders to speak out against the fatal attacks on police, concerned that “anti-cop” rhetoric used by protesters involved in the Black Lives Matter movement has contributed to a violent backlash against officers.

President Obama on Monday called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Deputy Goforth, to offer condolences. The president said he promised Mrs. Goforth that he would “continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day.”

“Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society,” he said.

Ms. Lynch’s comments followed suit.

“We have seen violence strike at all segments of our community,” she said. “It is a sad fact now that no one is safe.”

Noting that the police shootings are part of a recent spate of “troubling” violence across the country, Ms. Lynch noted that the Department of Justice will convene with law enforcement leaders at a summit later this month in Detroit.

“The Department of Justice stands ready to support law enforcement around this country as they continue to fight every day to protect the communities that they serve and of which they are a vital part,” she said. “And we also stand with every community member, police and civilian alike, as they all work towards a safer community for us all.”

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