Mayor Lee: ‘We need to come together’ following Dallas ambush

Mayor Ed Lee joined a chorus of voices Friday morning calling for unity and an end to violence following a series of gruesome events in the U.S., including the shooting deaths of two black men by police and culminating in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Five Dallas police officers were fatally shot and seven others wounded Thursday night during a protest over the deaths of black men killed by police this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.

“This morning our hearts are heavy following the recent violence that has impacted communities across the country,” the mayor said in a statement.

“We can and must stand against violence — violence against young men of color, violence against law enforcement officers and violence against our communities as a whole. We need to come together, have meaningful conversations about change and work together towards peace.

“In these sad times, when it seems nearly everyday we are greeted by more killing and more reason to grieve, we must remember what is right and what gives us hope. It is the bold, but peaceful protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement across the country who seek a safer, more perfect union through speech, the many brave police officers — such as those in Orlando — who unselfishly rush to save lives, and our San Francisco police officers who showed this week that reforms can take hold and the sanctity of life can be upheld.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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