Donald Trump: I Want To ‘Restore Law and Order’

Dallas police officers escort a woman near the scene where eleven Dallas police officers were shot and five have now died on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas)
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Washington, DC

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump released a statement on Friday morning about the sniper attack on law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas late Thursday night, stressing the need to “restore law and order” in a country that “has become too divided.”

Trump’s official statement read:

Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded – is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.

We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.

The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.

This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.

Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.

This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.

During a street protest on Thursday night, at least five law enforcement officers were killed by snipers. One suspect is dead after a standoff and three other suspects are in custody.