[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today in response to a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that left at least three police officers dead and several wounded:
“My heart goes out to the loved ones of brave law enforcers who have been lost or injured in Baton Rouge. This violence must stop. Today’s heinous attack is yet another devastating reminder of the painful toll gun violence takes on our country. At a time of anguish and anger, we must seek unity in our pursuit of peace and justice. Leadership at all levels is desperately needed to bring us together.”
In the wake of tragedies earlier this month in Texas, Minnesota, and Louisiana, Blumenthal has held roundtables in New Haven and Bridgeport as a way to bring together law enforcement, clergy, local elected officials, and NAACP leaders. At the meetings, Blumenthal has listened to ideas on what can be done to increase trust between police and communities of color and explore ways in which federal resources may assist efforts to encourage greater collaboration and cooperation. He will continue holding these discussions across Connecticut in the coming weeks.