To the editor:
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) wants to express its deepest sympathy to the community of Baton Rouge, La. following news of today’s murder of two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy, as well as the wounding of three other law enforcement personnel. This latest senseless event is another attempt to violently rip apart the very fabric of the nation.
The motive for these shootings is as yet unknown, while the investigation is very active and ongoing, but one thing is apparent, those of us in leadership roles, whether elected or appointed public officials, members of the clergy, civic or social activists, must be careful in the words we choose for the comments we make concerning problems in our society. Genuine discussions about police cannot be comprised solely of accusations against officers who are sworn to protect all citizens, not just a particular race or class of people. Careless statements can encourage those intent on harming law enforcement to act on their beliefs, no matter how misguided. Violence against police can never be excused or justified because of a person’s grievance or perception of mistreatment by law enforcement officers.
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association extends its sincerest condolences to the people of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department and especially, the families, friends and fellow officers of the fallen and injured. We pray for them and for our country to recover and mend what divides this nation.
Chief John Salvatore, President of the CT Police Chiefs Association