US Attorney Cole Finegan Joins African American Community Leaders at Vigil for Mass Shooting Victims | USAO-CO

Notes on delivery

It is a sad honor to be with you this afternoon. News of the tragic shooting in Buffalo, and elsewhere, is at the forefront of our minds.

Our hearts ache for the victims, their families, their friends and for our country.

We don’t yet know all the details of these recent incidents, but we do know enough to understand how much it has affected us all.

By all indications, the shooting in Buffalo was motivated by extremist rhetoric and racism. We also know that hate crimes are among the most devastating because they affect everyone – not just where the event is happening – but across the country. We feel it in Buffalo, California, Texas, and we feel it here in Colorado.

These crimes impact not only the members of the targeted group, but all of us. These crimes and the people who commit them aim to divide communities. Instead, we need to focus on our common humanity.

These evil acts attempt to tear us apart; and that is why it is so important to come together – as we are doing right now.

I want to assure you that the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado is with you today and every day. We stand ready to marshal federal resources to investigate and prosecute all cases of potential hate crimes here in our community. We work with our partners in the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, as well as state and local law enforcement to counter all acts of violent extremism.

There is no place for hate in this world. We will meet. We will not let this evil divide us.

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