Mayor Murray’s statement on officers killed in Dallas

Mayor Murray released the following statement regarding the death of officers in Dallas:

As I have said before, if we are to engage in a serious discussion about racism, we must recognize that the police are on the receiving end of the failure of so many systems to deal with racism; schools, mental health, foster care. As I have said before, the stigmatization of any group including police officers leads to violence. The death of police officers in Dallas is a tragedy for the officers, their families and all of us. It is only by building bridges between communities of color and the police that we can finally build the trust that will bring us together in our stand against racism. The men and women I have come to know in the Seattle Police Department are committed to that challenge. As Mayor I want our officers to know I am committed to their safety and again thank them for the service they provide to the people of Seattle.