Sen. Lankford speaks in Guthrie

Sen. James Lankford, of Edmond, speaks to the media outside the Guthrie Police Department Friday afternoon. Lankford discussed the Dallas Police shootings.

The Dallas sniper attack that killed five police officers at an otherwise peaceful protest has brought the thoughts and prayers from Oklahoma’s national leaders. Two civilians were also injured in the attack as the crowd scattered in panic to avoid injury.

Consternation about how some police police officers use firearms across the nation led to the protest after videos were made public of two black men shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

“I am overcome with incredible grief following the horrific ambush attack on police in Dallas,” said U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Edmond. “I pray for the victims, their families and the entire City of Dallas. This is an anxious time for all law enforcement and their families. I also pray for national unity and peace.”

Lankford called for the unity of all Americans as they must come together and speak out boldly against violence.

Congressman Frank Lucas , R-Okla., released the following statement today on the shooting death of multiple law enforcement officers Thursday night in Dallas.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dallas today,” Lucas said. “As we mourn this senseless tragedy, I stand with our law enforcement officers and their families. The men and women who protect and serve our communities put their own well-being on the line everyday so that we can enjoy safe and productive lives. This is a time for us to come together because misplaced hate and violence will only divide our country further.”

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., today released the following statement on the shooting that targeted police officers, killing five: 

“My prayers are with the Dallas community impacted by Thursday’s unspeakable violence and with the families of the police officers that were killed. Our country was founded on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and our government was established so that these freedoms, and its citizens, would be protected,” Inhofe said.

Inhofe said police officers upheld their pledge to protect and serve by being in harm’s way to shield peaceful protesters. Those are the images the media should share, he added.

“We need to be talking about healing our nation and not dividing it. Please join me in thanking a police officer today and showing them our support,” Inhofe said.

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