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Connecticut officials respond to officers' shooting in Dallas

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The scene in Dallas where five officers were killed Thursday night. (CBS photo) The scene in Dallas where five officers were killed Thursday night. (CBS photo)
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Connecticut's officials and lawmakers are responding to the shooting of officers in Dallas.

Gov. Dannel Malloy called the shootings leading up to it in Baton Rouge, LA and St. Paul, MN a shock to the soul.

"This isn't who we are as a nation or who we want to be. Things must change," Malloy said in a statement. "As the President said, all Americans should be troubled by these incidents. We've seen this too many times, in too many places. It's just heartbreaking."

Malloy said the right to protest should be celebrated.

"What we saw in Dallas, however, was un-American, because it was police officers who sought to keep protesters safe and uphold the right to freedom of expression," he said. "The events in Dallas twisted a proud tradition of protest and turned it into tragedy. What happened is as saddening as it is unacceptable, and it must be condemned."

Malloy said Connecticut is proud of its law enforcement.

"Our officers and troopers are standing up to protect our residents every hour, of every day," he said. "And every day, either at the state or local levels, we are making strides. We are working to build trust in our communities, and we are looking at these heartbreaking incidents around the country and trying to learn from them. We're doing that so that we can improve ourselves, and so we can prevent these incidents from happening here at home. Our officers and troopers should know just how much we value them, their sacrifice, and their hard work."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal issued a statement on Friday during with he called the past several days a test to the legal fabric and moral resolve.

"Coming together, we must lock arms and hearts as we seek healing and justice," Blumenthal said.‎"My heart goes out to the families of five courageous police officers who were killed last night and all who were injured."

He said the officers were victims of brutal and unconscionable criminal attacks.‎

"I am especially saddened that this heinous attack took place as these officers were selflessly protecting their fellow citizens’ ability to exercise a most fundamental right—the right to gather in peaceful protest.," Blumenthal said. "With horrific repetition, gun violence continues to take lives—an evil we must root out.‎ I hope that even in the face of the tragedies, our communities continue to come together ‎to begin the difficult work of bringing wrongdoers to justice, healing, and moving forward.‎”

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said he mourns for officers, "who gave their lives protecting marchers’ right to protest safely."

"Americans are united in our grief over these barbaric murders. I pray we can stay united by a shared desire to prevent more families from knowing the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence," Murphy said in a statement on Friday. 

After the recent shooting, Murphy said "Congress is still silent."

“Our children are being murdered. Our neighbors, gunned down. Our police officers, assassinated," Murphy said and went onto say "I cannot fathom the level of cynicism it must take to look at the drumbeat of murder in our streets and conclude that there is nothing Washington can or should do to try and stop it.”

Rep. Elizabeth Esty also issued a response.

“I am heartbroken and outraged over the targeted attack on the Dallas police force [Thursday] that killed five officers and wounded seven others, and also wounded two civilians," she said. "I am praying for the victims’ families, and reaching out to the law enforcement communities in central and northwest Connecticut to express my sorrow, gratitude, and support."

Esty said now, more than ever, the country needed law, order and justice.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin also made a statement on the shootings. 

“What happened last night in Dallas was planned, premeditated mass murder, and it was an act of unspeakable evil and inhumanity. As muayor, I want our police officers and their families to know that we, as a Hartford community, are grateful for their service and committed to their safety," Bronin said.  

Congressman Joe Courtney said it is a sad day for the country.

"There are no words which can adequately convey what a horrific and heartbreaking day this is for the United States of America. As the reporting from Dallas police officers who were engaged in protecting freedom of speech and ensuring public safety.--the highest form of public service," said Courtney.

Rep. John Larson said violence is not the answer to ending bigotry.

"Like many Americans, I was shocked and horrified by the ambush of police officers at a peaceful protest. It seems at times our nation barely begins to process the grief and trauma of one tragedy before another sends us reeling again," said Larson.

Five officers were killed and seven others were hurt in a sniper shooting that erupted at a protest in Dallas Thursday night. Two civilians were also hurt.

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