“Last night’s shootings are a devastating reminder that gun violence in the U.S. is a human rights crisis that impacts everyone. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families,” said Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA interim executive director. “Killings both by and of police demand justice. The right to life is universal and everyone – both civilians and officers alike – should be able live free from fear and feel safe in their communities."
“We must remember that the public’s response to the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Jerry Williams have been overwhelmingly peaceful. Last night’s tragedy should not affect the ability and the safety of those who will continue to exercise their right to protest peacefully. We call on law enforcement officers to facilitate that right.”