12 Officers Shot in a Dallas Protest
Shooters killed five officers at a protest over police violence in downtown Dallas yesterday. Videos showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force across the country. At least 12 officers were shot by snipers during the protest and as of now, five have passed away.
Authorities say three people are in custody and one suspect is dead in Dallas. Two of the suspects were snipers shooting from an elevated position. One of the suspects was involved in a standoff with police in a parking garage near the scene. He warned the police that there were "bombs all over the place" but successive sweeps of the area have turned up empty.
Police chief David Brown offered these details about the shooter who was killed after the garage standoff:
“There suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
The shooting was the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001.