Five Police Officers Killed Sniper-Style in Dallas During Protests

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Ting Sten / The Dallas Morning News

by ESA Staff

On July 7, during a peaceful protest surrounding the killing of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile, bullets began hitting police officers, wounding 12 and killing five in Dallas, TX. One suspect fatally shot himself while officers captured three others.

The city’s Police Chief, David Brown, said the gunman was upset about the recent shootings of black civilians and wanted to kill white officers.

After the sniper-like shootings, some bystanders were seen carrying AR-15-like guns on their shoulders walking through the streets of Dallas.

The shootings happened just hours after President Obama gave his talk regarding the deaths of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile.

The President described the shootings as a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack,” promising that “justice will be done.” He continued, “We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. And in these days ahead we are going to have to consider these realities as well.”

Violence on both ends is unjustifiable, whether it’s officers killing black civilians or civilians killings police. As Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”

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