Attorney general calls Dallas attack a tragedy

DALLAS (AP) – Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling for peace and calm in the wake of the attack on police officers in Dallas, saying that violence is never the answer.

Lynch said Friday at the Justice Department in Washington that it has been a week of heartbreak and loss for the nation.

Five police officers were killed by gunfire in Dallas Thursday night at a peaceful protest march prompted by the shootings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Lynch says the spate of violence can’t be allowed to “precipitate a new normal.” Calling the Dallas attack “an unfathomable tragedy,” she says those concerned about suspect killings by police should not be discouraged “by those who use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence.”

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