Federal lawmakers react to Dallas shootings

Indiana’s U-S senators are calling on the nation to come together after the shootings in Dallas.

Republican Senator Dan Coats says everyone from President Obama on down has to help calm a divisive atmosphere in the country, and says pastors and community leaders need to be at the forefront. He says rising tensions can’t be fixed through legislation or federal funding.

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly issued a statement saying he’s “horrified” by what he calls a “vicious, despicable attack.” He says the country should stand together with officers killed while protecting their community.

Representative Susan Brooks R-5th) calls the ambush “an unspeakable act of violence,” and says Americans need to focus on what they have in common while standing against hatred.

Brooks, Coats, and Representative Larry Bucshon all made a point of mourning the shootings of black motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota along with the five officers killed in Dallas. Bucshon says “no family should bear the burden of losing a loved one,” and says Americans need to work together to make all communities secure.