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Council 4 Comments on Dallas Police Shootings

July 8, 2016

Council 4 Police Union Leaders Comments on Dallas Shootings

Det. Derek Puorro, a Middletown police officer and chair of Council 4’s Public Safety Council, issued this statement in the aftermath of the Dallas police shootings:

Council 4 AFSCME expresses its profound sadness and shock at the murder and shooting of brother and sister officers of the Dallas, Texas police department. These officers went to work every day, as all of us in Connecticut do, with the goal of protecting the lives of their fellow citizens foremost in their minds.

This act of madness has taken the lives of five officers so far and has left another seven wounded. Council 4 AFSCME, and its Public Safety Council of 2,300 municipal Connecticut police officers, extends its sincere sympathy to the slain and wounded officers, their families and colleagues. Our members stand ready to offer any assistance that we can to these families.

As a union that represents public service workers, including law enforcement officers, our union has a unique perspective on the tragic events that have unfolded in our country. We must not lose sight of the importance of respecting the millions of officers who do a dangerous job each day with dignity and respect for all. This is no time for politicking or demagoguery. It’s a time to come together for the health and safety of our communities.

Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents 35,000 workers, including 2,300 municipal police officers, throughout Connecticut. Learn more at www.council4.org. Like us on Facebook at Council 4 AFSCME and follow us on Twitter@C4MC.

Contact: Larry Dorman (860) 989-9127 or ldorman@council4.org

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