Senator Grassley Comment on Dallas Shooting

Written by Theresa Rose on July 9, 2016

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following comment after the tragic shooting of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers.

“The calculated, targeted shooting of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers, along with two civilians, is tragic and heartbreaking.  It was a direct assault on the law enforcement officers who every day put themselves in harm’s way to shield citizens and protect the freedoms we all prize.  America mourns with the families and friends of the victims, Dallas, and the law enforcement community.  Add this to the individuals who were killed in Minnesota and Louisiana during the last week, and we’ve got a nation in need of healing.  The question is if the people of this country, including elected officials at the highest levels, respond by working to bring us together instead of focusing on the politics that tear us apart.  There is not a single solution.  There is not a simple solution.  We need constructive conversations about protecting the rights of all Americans.  But, we must start with that which binds us together as Americans, which is far greater than that which divides us.”

Background:  Grassley has introduced legislation with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina the Walter Scott Notification Act that would require states receiving certain federal funds to report information regarding a discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer with results in the death of a civilian.

Grassley is also the author of the Public Safety Officer Benefits Improvement Act.  This bill has cleared the Judiciary Committee and would help reduce the waiting time for a decision on survivor benefits for the families of public safety officer killed in the line of duty.

The Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee had a hearing on body cameras on May 19, 2015 to explore the benefits and concerns regarding law enforcement’s use of body cameras.  The hearing video can be viewed here.  Grassley’s statement can be read here.

The Senate has also passed Judiciary Committee legislation, the POLICE Act, to help law enforcement and first responders train for active shooter scenarios.