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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, May 16, 2022

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  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Hello.  I know that was a long two minutes.  I apologize. Okay, let’s get started.  So, before we start the briefing, I want to take a moment to recognize the lives lost and forever changed in Buffalo. Former Buffalo Police Lieutenant Aaron Salter, 55, is a hero — a security guard who engaged the suspect to save lives and was killed in the process. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was mother of Buffalo’s Retired Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield.  Ruth was the rock of the family, devoting her life to taking care of her four children and husband.  Ruth was visiting the former commissioner’s father in a nursing home, as she did each day, and she stopped at the supermarket to buy some groceries. Katherine Massey, 72, was a well-known community figure who wrote for her local newspapers, assisted in elections, and dressed up in costume as “Mr. Broccoli” to teach local school children to eat — to “eat right.” Pearl Young, 77, was a substitute teacher a