Several Kansas City area law enforcement officials reacted to the shootings of Baton Rouge, La., police officers Sunday by sending condolences via social media.
Kansas City police “will continue to protect the constitutional rights of everyone,” wrote Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté on Twitter. “We’re not perfect but striving to improve.”
Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three were wounded in the attack.
“KCKPD sending thoughts & prayers to Baton Rouge Police Department,” tweeted Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler.
Zeiglar later posted that “we are witnessing a new form of domestic terrorism.”
Coincidentally, the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission voiced its support for the local law enforcement community in a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of The Kansas City Star.
“Officers in metropolitan Kansas City, and elsewhere, put public safety above their personal safety,” the statement said. “Kansas Citians have not yet experienced a Ferguson, a Baltimore or a Dallas. Good leadership has played a large part. We must be determined that law enforcement in metropolitan Kansas City feels our support so the chiefs in the metro can say ‘We feel support for the police — every day.’ ”
The Johnson County sheriff’s department responded, “Truth,” to a tweet that observed: “Sadly, we are reaching the point where, when you see the flags are at half-mast, it is hard to figure out which tragedy they mark.”
The Clay County sheriff’s department, the Overland Park Police Department, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland were also among those sending thoughts and prayers to the Baton Rouge police and community.
“More tragic and senseless killing in Baton Rouge,” tweeted Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “Condolences to all who suffer. We MUST address & lessen the violence in this country.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said: “Keeping us safe is dangerous — pray for Louisiana.”
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, issued a statement.
“No matter the grievance, violence against our law enforcement can’t and won’t be tolerated,” she said. “Acts of violence like this only push all of our communities further from each other, and from the solutions to the challenges we face — and I condemn these murders in the strongest possible terms.”