Utah AG Reyes Statement on Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas [UPH Wire]

Utah AG Reyes Statement on Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas
SALT LAKE CITY July 8, 2016 — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released
the following statement regarding recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota,
and Dallas:
“Our office, which includes many front line law enforcement officers, is in
mourning for all the lives lost this past week. From Dallas to Louisiana to
Minnesota and the rest of our nation, all lives are sacred. And the
sanctity of life should be a guiding principle in how our law enforcement
and our communities interact: the sanctity of lives and safety of law
enforcement equally with those citizens they are sworn to protect. We
express our most sincere sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to
violence now or in the past.

“Over the last two years, our Office has conducted round-table discussions
and trainings on the topics of de-escalation and communication with both
community and faith leaders in Utah along with members of law enforcement.
We are committed to continuing that effort. If we can help prevent even one
act of violence, we will have been successful.”
In addition to public outreach, the Office of the Attorney General, with
support from Governor Herbert, the Utah legislature and law enforcement
leaders, conducts statewide de-escalation training to law enforcement
personnel with an emphasis on the sanctity of life. Training is also being
developed to further skills and sensitivity relating to citizens with
cultural and language diversity as well as mental illness or disability.
Such training is intended to help Utah officers avoid violence in their
peace keeping efforts and is available to all members of the Utah law
enforcement community.
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Daniel Burton
Director of Communications/Government Records
Office of the Utah Attorney General
Mobile: 801-386-6830
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