Center for Biological Diversity Statement on the Killings of Alton Sterling,
Philando Castile and Five Dallas Police Officers
Statement by Kierán Suckling, Executive Director:
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, friends and co-workers of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five Dallas, Texas police officers gunned down this week in horrifying acts of violence: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson and Michael Smith.
Words and thoughts cannot bring them back, but the actions we all take from this day forward can make it less likely that more innocent lives will be taken by fear, hatred and racism. We must not turn away from horror this day or take refuge in easy answers and accusations. The lives of future victims require us to face now, unblinkingly, the racial violence and injustice tearing our nation apart. If we do not, the violence will surely continue.
With Black Lives Matters, which 'advocates for dignity, justice and freedom, not murder,' the Center for Biological Diversity asks its staff, family, friends and supporters to give no shelter, no support, no quiet acceptance of violence or racism, especially when cloaked in political ends. We must stand, and more importantly, act for dignity, justice and freedom."
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.