Mayor Hodges’ Statement on Baton Rouge
July 17th, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Today, Mayor Betsy Hodges issued the following statement on this morning’s events in Baton Rouge, Louisana:
“Once again — once again — we are in mourning. Today, it is for the police officers in Baton Rouge who were killed and injured in a shocking, cowardly, and deeply wrong attack that turns my stomach.
To say my heart is heavy, to say my thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones, and colleagues of the officers who were killed in Baton Rouge, and to ask everyone to do the same — it is all true, and I am deeply sad about having to say it, once again.
I am also and especially holding special care for the men and women of the Minneapolis Police Department, who are profoundly affected by this attack and who are also in mourning. The chief and I are doing what we can to ensure their safety as they continue to provide service to our community in such a charged environment.
Our charge as a people and community is to strive to remember the humanity of each one of us as we proceed forward from here. That will make us stronger, and safer, and more thoughtful as people and as a community as we tackle some of the ugly challenges that are in front of us. I remain committed to that charge and ask all of us to do the same.”
Published Jul 17, 2016