Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak says he's "horrified" and "sickened" by Thursday night's fatal police shooting in Dallas.

"That was an attack on all of law enforcement across the country," said Kozak. "Every police officer is going to feel that."

Kozak says positive communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve is needed now more than ever.

"I think it's important to have a positive dialogue with your local police department and meet those officers," said Kozak.

Kozak says there's a number of things Cheyenne residents can do to get involved with the Police Department, including the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Citizens Police Academy.

"We have Neighborhood Night Out coming up this Tuesday night," said Kozak. "It's a perfect opportunity to meet police officers and ask some of those tough questions."

Kozak says people also need to remember that what they see on Youtube is only a snippet of what happened, and they need to give authorities time to investigate all the facts.

"I think when people pass judgement in those situations it's wrong," said Kozak. "It's wrong when a police officer passes judgement on someone because of their race or their cultural background and it's wrong for the community to pass judgement before all the facts are out."

Seneca Riggins, Townsquare Media
Seneca Riggins, Townsquare Media

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