Local Activists, Law Enforcement React to Recent Police Shootings

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SACRAMENTO -- News of the Baton Rouge attack has shocked the Sacramento community. Many in law enforcement are sending their condolences, while others said this attack has hurt the progress those in the Black Lives Matter movement are fighting for.

In South Sacramento, community activist and Voice of the Youth founder Berry Accius helps mentor black young men. On a day like Sunday, he focuses on respecting law enforcement.

"I tell them to make sure that you keep safe, still be polite be respectful of your police officers," Accius told FOX40.

Accius said an attack like the one in Baton Rouge, hurts his cause, taking the focus away from the Alton Sterling case and the overall problem of a large number of black men being killed while in police custody.

"We're talking about the violence against the black community," Accius said. "That should be the narrative, and that's where it should stay."

Senior Chaplain Mindy Russell knows first hand how difficult it is for a department to lose officers in the line of duty.

As part of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy in Sacramento, she's handled the grieving families of slain officers.

"For the families in Baton Rouge, as we think about the families in Dallas, this is the beginning of a new life for them. They'll never be the same," Russell said.

She added, "It's so unfortunate that children will grow up having a dad or mom not be a part of their life just because they wore a badge."

While the officers she sees daily have become more vigilant after the attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge, she said none have blamed the violence on the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I don't think they see it as one person, such as this person today or the person that happened in Dallas, is representing any population or the general population this is a terrorist," Russell said.

Being active in many of those protests himself, Accius stresses that violence against the police is not what the BLM movement represents.

"Media is trying to portray that there's this radical black group and collision that's going against the police that want to cause terror in the police, and I don't want to hear the conversation that there's a war on police. There's not a war on police, there's not," Accius said.

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