This has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement about the Justice Department investigations into the murders of five Dallas police officers last night.
LORETTA LYNCH: After the events of this week, americans across our country are feeling a sense of helplessful and fear. Now these feelings are understandable and they have justified. But the answer must not be violence. The answer is never violence. Rather, the answer, our answer, all our answer must be action. Calm, peaceful, collaborative, and determined action. We must continue working to build trust between communities and law enforcement. We must continue working to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law. And we must take a hard look at the ease with which wrong doers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them. And we must reflect on the kind of country that we want to build and the kind of society that we are chosing to pass on to our children. And above all, we must reject the easy impulses of bitterness and rancor and embrace the difficult work, but the important work, the vital work of finding a path forward together. And above everything, we must remind ourselves that we're all Americans. And that as Americans, we share not just a common land, but a common life. Not just common goals, but a common heart and soul.