Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Friday issued the following statement about the shooting of Dallas police officers on Thursday:
“This morning, I share in the grief and heartbreak that burdens members of our law enforcement community as well as millions of Americans across the country. Yesterday’s senseless violence and the shocking death of five police officers in Dallas was a tragedy unlike anything our country has witnessed in recent years.
“The city of Dallas will be holding a moment of silence at 1pm ET today, and I am urging all Marylanders to stand with the people of Texas at that time. Let us mourn the deaths of those who put their lives on the line to keep Dallas safe; let us pray for the safety of the men and women in blue all across the country; and let us take time today and every day to thank our brave officers for their service and reassure them that they do not stand alone.
“In Maryland and across the country, the obvious tensions between communities and law enforcement are real and cannot be ignored or swept under the rug. But there is so much more that unites us than divides us. Now is clearly a time for profound sorrow, but also for reflection, understanding and above all, compassion.
“The First Lady and I send our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as well as to those officers recovering from this horrific shooting.”
The Dallas shootings, which started amid a peaceful protest over police violence against African Americans, came one day before demonstrations are scheduled to take place in Baltimore, where rioting occurred last year after the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Friday offering “heartfelt thoughts and condolences” to the Dallas law enforcement community and commenting on his department’s preparations for the expected protests.
“As we have done throughout the past year, we will work to protect protestors’ 1st amendment rights,” Davis’s statement said. “The safety of our officers and protestors is paramount. It is up to all of us, collectively, to ensure a safe atmosphere. It is more important now than ever that we promote open lines of communication as we work together for the greater good.”
The Dallas shooting also came amid a criminal trial for Baltimore Police Lt. Brian W. Rice, one of six officers charged in Gray’s death. Two of the officers have been acquitted.
Baltimore’s police department this morning tweeted a message in support of Dallas law enforcement.
Maryland State Police tweeted a similar message, saying: “Our hearts are with the men, women and families of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department.”