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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Wolf responds to Dallas shootings

Written by Katie Meyer | Jul 9, 2016 5:24 AM

Wolf's comments came after a shooting in Dallas killed five police officers. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg)-- Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to reject violence and look for common ground following a string of deadly shootings across the country this week.

In the Dallas attack Thursday night, a lone shooter killed five police officers and wounded seven others at a Black Lives Matter rally.

That was preceded by two high-profile cases, in Minnesota and Louisiana, where black men were shot and killed by police officers.

Like many politicians around the country, Wolf spoke against the racial division apparent all three incidents.

Violence, he said, must never beget violence.

"It is unacceptable for people to live in fear because of the color of their skin," he added. "There is no justification for this. And law enforcement officers have a trying and dangerous job to do to keep us safe."

The State Police have not released a statement on the shootings in Texas and a spokesman would only say troopers are remaining vigilant.

Wolf ordered flags at the state Capitol to be lowered to half-mast until the murdered Dallas officers are buried.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden were slated to campaign in Scranton yesterday, but canceled the appearance in the wake of the Dallas shootings.

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