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Libertarian Party Chairman 'Denounces All Killing' Including by 'Rogue Cop After Rogue Cop'

Demonstrators gather outside the governor's residence July 8, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn., where protests continue over the shooting death by police of Philando Castile after a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Libertarian Party chairman strongly condemned the murder of police officers in Dallas while calling on police to bring down the “blue wall” and be accountable for officer-involved shootings.

“The killing needs to stop. All of it. None of these shootings were justified – not the shootings by the police, not the shootings of the police,” chairman Nicholas Sarwark said in a statement released by the party.

“The Libertarian Party denounces all killing,” he continued. “No American should feel they’ve invited violence upon themselves because of their skin color, the uniform they wear in service to their communities, or their decision to exercise their Second Amendment rights. None of these factors should make you a target for murder in this country.”

Sarwark stressed that “the frustration in the black community is palpable, and frankly, justified.”

“When rogue cop after rogue cop gets off scot-free after using excessive force and changes are not made, and consequences are not felt, it causes this horrible tension we are feeling today,” the chairman said. “However, the vast majority of the black community have been exercising their right to protest peacefully and admirably. It is despicable that a couple of bad actors put a cloud over all that and increased tension for everyone. The shooters in Dallas will see justice, but will the blue wall of silence ever be broken? Will cops ever start to do a better job of policing themselves?”

“The Libertarian Party calls for peace and justice. Those two things go hand in hand.”

In a joint statement posted on their campaign’s Facebook page, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld stressed that “the apparently calculated and cold-blooded shooting of those who were simply trying to insure the peaceful exercise of citizens’ rights to protest is both despicable and unacceptable in our society.”

“We have real issues in this country with regard to the relationship between law enforcement and our communities — and those issues must be dealt with calmly and cooperatively,” the presidential candidates said. “As we go about that effort, we must all join in rejecting the kind of cowardly and tragic atrocity that has occurred in Dallas. As a nation, we have wounds to bind.”