"Justice will be done": President Obama, party leaders respond to tragedy in Dallas

Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan address the police shooting in Dallas that killed 5, wounded 7

By Justine Morris
July 8, 2016 9:13PM (UTC)
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President Barack Obama pauses as he makes a statement on the fatal police shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota after arriving in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Thursday night in Dallas, as protesters marched, several people opened fire on police officers, killing five and leaving seven in the hospital. The shooting is believed to be the deadliest day for law enforcement officers since 9/11.

In the aftermath, the nation’s leaders have weighed in with their thoughts. Here’s what they’ve had to say:


President Barack Obama is currently in Warsaw for a meeting with NATO, so for the second time in less than twelve hours he had to make a statement on a senseless act of violence.


"There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement," Obama said. "Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done."


So far, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has only tweeted the following:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement from the House floor.

“We are all stunned by the events last night in Dallas,” he said. “An attack on the people who protect us is an attack on all of us.


Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted and issued a statement on his website.

We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street,” his statement reads. “The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.”


The statement closes: “This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion.”

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