‘This is Bigger Than All Of Us’ – Victims of Police Violence React to Dallas Shooting

Family members of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile released statements today about the shooting. 

By Becky Fogel July 8, 2016 2:27 pm|

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Today, of course, news outlets have been focused on last night’s shooting in Dallas that left five officers dead. The shooting occurred toward the end of a peaceful protest meant to highlight the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. 

Quinyetta Mcmillion is the mother of Sterling’s eldest son. Her attorneys released a statement on the Dallas shooting today. In it, she said:

“We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department. Our hearts break for the families of the officers who were lost as they protected protestors and residents alike during a rally.”

Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Castile, also discussed Dallas when talking to CNN this morning. Here’s what she had to say:

“Today is not only about justice and getting justice. But it’s about all of the families that have lost people. This thing that has happened in Dallas it is not because of something that transpired in Minnesota today. This is bigger than Philando. This is bigger than Trayvon Martin. This is bigger than Sandra Bland. This is bigger than all of us. So today I just want justice for everyone around the world. Not just for my boyfriend and the good man that he was because I’m going to continue to stay strong for him and I want all of you guys to do the same.”

Also: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also called for unity in the aftermath of the shooting, and ordered that Texas flags be flown at half-staff through Tuesday to honor the officers.