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Local leaders react to tragedy in Dallas

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Several local political, community and law enforcement leaders shared their thoughts and feelings after five police officers were killed in an ambush in Dallas, TX.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach

  • "This is life and death. And it scares me to death, and I want to make sure that we know that we need to take care of our citizens, we need to take care of our officers. And we need to respect each other as much as we can."

Former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson

  • "There are no magic answers for all of this. But, we have got to do something because the anger is escalating. And, we've got to do something about it. Black lives matter, lives matter, policeman lives matter, everyone in this county lives matter."

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin

  • "Active supervision should be occurring with officers day to day and we're responsible for their safety. We're responsible for their emotional and psychological safety, and physical safety. That should be a day to day function."

Savannah Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana

  • "Our hearts really go out not only to the families of the fallen, but also to the entire law enforcement community and their families.  Remember when the police officer is out there family members are behind at home wondering if it is going to be them next.  And there's no more anxiety than wondering if the one that you love is going to come home.
  • "And I think it's important that people realize that the overwhelming majority of our members who serve as protecting us are doing it wholeheartedly to help out the public—and acknowledge that and tell them that.  It means a lot when you walk by law enforcement officers to say thank you for your jobs and be safe."

Pastor Ricky Temple, Overcoming by Faith

  • "Events forced us to see ourselves… I think you can't run from what happened to the police officers... what happened to the young men who were killed. I think all of us are saying how did this happen? And all of us are backing up and that's what we need to do. I think it's hard to be truthful It's hard to be honest because it makes you look bad. It makes us say, ‘we didn't so something right.’ And we didn't do something right and think now is the chance to do it right. "

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