Lynch, as other officials have, called for calm in the wake of this week’s tragedies: Thursday night’s events in Dallas and the two police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Her department is already involved in investigating the latter incidents. It opened a criminal probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sterling, who was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge on Tuesday; and it’s keeping tabs on a local law-enforcement investigation into the death of Castile in the St. Paul area on Wednesday. Hours after Castile was killed by police during a traffic stop, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called for a full-fledged Justice Department investigation in his state.
In her remarks, Lynch acknowledged that many Americans are feeling a “sense of helplessness, of uncertainty, and of fear,” but mustn’t respond with violence. “Rather, the answer must be action: calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined action,” Lynch said. “We must continue working to build trust between communities and law enforcement. We must continue working to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law. We must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them. We must reflect on the kind of country we want to build and the kind of society we want to pass on to our children.”
On Friday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott also reacted to the shooting in Dallas, saying in an open letter:
In the coming days, there will be those who foment distrust and fan the flames of dissension.
To come together - that would be the greatest rebuke to those who seek to tear us apart.
There is far more that binds us together. We see that great strength in times of tragedy, in times of great need. Whether fire or flood or the acts of depraved individuals, Texans are the first to open their hearts, their homes, their wallets to offer charity and love.
I ask for your prayers - for our law enforcement officers, for the city of Dallas, for our state and for our nation.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told FOX News, “I do blame people on social media with their hatred toward police. I do blame…[people] calling police racist without any facts. I do blame former Black Lives Matter protests. Last night was peaceful, but others have not been… this has to stop.”
In the afternoon, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, appearing live with Vann Jones on Facebook, said “It's more dangerous to be black in America. ... I think sometimes for whites it's difficult to appreciate how real that is.” But Gingrich, who’s reportedly being considered as Donald Trump’s running mate, has a history of “racial insensitivity.”
On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton and Trump canceled events. Clinton’s campaign postponed an event with Joe Biden in Pennsylvania “due to the tragic events in Dallas.” In a tweet, she said: