In recent days, the local and national news has been filled with coverage revolving around the July 5 death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the July 6 death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both fatalities were by a member of a police department and both have video coverage. On Thursday, July 7, during a protest in Dallas, snipers seemingly not connected with the protest shot 11 officers, killing five. On Friday, July 8, there are reports of another officer shot near St. Louis. For reaction from Southern Minnesota law enforcement, including Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn and Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander, to the tragic series of events, read on.

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn posted the following statement to the department's Facebook page on July 8.

After the events in Falcon Heights, Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander posted this message to Facebook on July 7.

Sjolander returned to the department's Facebook page to post this message on July 8.

This message was posted to the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office Facebook page on July 8.

The Shakopee Police Department had this to day on their Facebook page on July 8.