Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, along with state and local police departments, has extended condolences to the families of the police officers killed or injured during a peaceful protest in Dallas Thursday night.
In a statement, McAuliffe said he and his wife, Dorothy, are “heartbroken by the hateful act of violence.”
A sniper attack left five officers dead and seven injured. One suspect died after a standoff with police at a parking garage in downtown Dallas.
“This is not a time for divisive and incendiary rhetoric—it is a time for thoughtful and courageous action to reduce violence, build trust and respect between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and make these events as rare as they are tragic,” McAuliffe said.
Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, the Virginia State Police Superintendent, authorized VSP personnel to wear the mourning band on VSP badges beginning this morning through midnight next Friday to honor the Dallas police officers who died in the line of duty.
“There are truly no words to describe the pain we share with law enforcement worldwide in the wake of what took place overnight in downtown Dallas,” Flaherty said in a statement. “As Texas authorities continue their investigation into these tragic shootings, our Department personnel remain vigilant for their own safety, as well as securing the safety of all Virginians we have taken an oath to serve and protect.”
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office posted condolences to the Dallas officers on its Facebook page and shared its perspective on the value of law enforcement.
“Police officers in Dallas were shielding people from gunfire. The same people who were protesting against them,” the post reads. “Think about it. It’s all you need to know about police officers.”
The post has been shared more than 150 times and sparked discussion in the comments section.