In Dallas, Texas, the Black Lives Matter organization held a peaceful protest. The protest was held in connection with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. They were the black men who were killed in police shootings, just this week, in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively. Unfortunately, the protest didn’t end as peaceful as it should be.
It was reported that at least two snipers opened fire during the protest. There were 5 police officers that were killed. 4 of the police officers who were killed were Dallas Police Department officers. 2 of which were identified as Officer Patrick Zamarripa and Officer Michael Krol. The other police officer was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officer who was later on identified as Officer Brent Thompson.
Additionally, 7 officers were injured; 4 of them were Dallas police officers while the other 3 were DART officers. 3 of which were identified to be Omar Cannon, Misty Mcbride and Jesus Retana. There were also two civilians who were injured. One of which was Shetamia Taylor. The identity of the other civilian was not released yet as of this writing.
Investigators identified one suspect as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson from Mesquite, Texas. He died later after a few hours of standoff with the police.
The police tried to negotiate with him. According to investigations, Johnson was an army veteran with no criminal record. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve until April 2015.
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Johnson told the negotiator that he was upset by the recent police shootings. He also added that he, specifically, “wanted to kill white people”. The suspect iterated that he is alone and is not affiliated in any groups. When talks broke down, the police sent a robot carrying a bomb. It exploded near the suspect, killing him.
The authorities also said that 3 other alleged suspects are currently in custody in connection with the shootings. The police wanted to investigate further and do not want to compromise the investigation. So, as of this writing, the identity of the 3 alleged suspects weren’t released yet. The authorities have already cleared the area of the crime scene. They saw one suspicious package but it did not contain any explosives.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown asked for prayers and support from the community. This was the deadliest day for the US law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks. President Obama said that the shootings were a “despicable attack on law enforcement” and a “reminder of the sacrifices they make for us” on a daily basis. President Obama emphasized “Today, our focus is on the victims and their families”.
Regardless of who were killed, black or white, all lives matter.