More than a dozen community leaders from across New Jersey held a conference call with acting state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and other law enforcement leaders officials in the wake of the slayings of five police officers in Dallas.
Also addressed in what Porrino called "an open and productive discussion" were police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana that have prompted community protests.
All expressed "a shared commitment to encourage peaceful demonstrations and cooperate in efforts to build trust between community members and law enforcement," he said.
Porrino also issued an official statement:
“Law enforcement and community leaders from across New Jersey have resolved to continue to work together to ensure that people have the opportunity to demonstrate in a peaceful and productive manner, reducing tensions rather than raising them, following the shootings of police officers in Texas, as well as the officer-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
"Now is the time to use the bonds we have built to unite and ensure that these tragedies are not compounded in our communities.
We have heard many helpful comments and suggestions from community leaders on this morning’s call, and we intend to do our best to implement their recommendations.
"We’re all committed to continue this open dialogue and encourage local leaders to work with their local law enforcement agencies in that same spirit.”
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