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Dallas tragedy unites local party leaders

Police officers stand in salute outside a Dalls hospital Friday morning. Five officers were killed and others were wounded in sniper-style shootings during a protest. (Source: KTVT/CNN) Police officers stand in salute outside a Dalls hospital Friday morning. Five officers were killed and others were wounded in sniper-style shootings during a protest. (Source: KTVT/CNN)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Members of both parties said they were outraged by what they saw Thursday night in what was believed to be a direct attack on police.

Now, they say it's time to counteract this violence with unity.

"I'm the head of the Horry County Democratic Party. My friend, Jon Bonsignor, is a member of the Republican Party. That does not stop us from working together, planning together, putting in our efforts and energies and time, and spending our money to make sure we're doing the right thing by people." said Bennie Swans, president of the Horry County Democratic Party.

Swans said he was heartbroken at the recent shootings that left two African-American men dead in Minnesota and Louisiana, shootings that many felt were unjustified by police.

However, Swans said the tragedy in Dallas is despicable and the last thing this country needs.

"Anyone that witnessed or heard about the murder of five policemen - five policemen killed, over seven wounded - and didn't feel a pain in their heart, there's something wrong with them," he said.

It was a position reiterated on the Republican side.

"All lives matter. As I look at race, I look at it as color blind. As Martin Luther King looked at it, he looked at it as color blind. As Bennie Swans likes to say, we're a bouquet of flowers, all different colors and shapes." said Jon Bonsignor, president of the South Strand Republican Club.

Swans and Bonsignor said while they may not agree on every issue, this is time to unite. 

Both parties plan to hold a community cook-out on July 16, where kids and police officers can meet and greet. Also, Swans said he plans to hold a prayer vigil Saturday for those recent lives lost. The time and place of that vigil has not been decided.

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