Five police officers have been shot dead and seven injured at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on the evening of June 7. The protesters were peacefully protesting against the death of two African-American men; Philando Castile and Alton Sterling who had been killed by the police on Tuesday and Wednesday of that same week.
The shooter, who was later identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, shot at the officers from a high rise building with a sniper rifle. During a press briefing the Dallas police chief, David Brown said “We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred in our city. All I know is this must stop: this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.
Chief Brown explained that the shooter confessed that he acted on his own without any connivance with an international terror group, he said he wants to kill white people, especially white police officers. The shooter was angered by the recent deaths of African-American men at the hands of the police. It was also revealed that the shooter had served in the US Army reserve.
He was later apprehended at the garage of El Centro College and was killed by a robot bomb after negotiations broke down.
President Barrack Obama condemned the attack on the officers. He called the attack vicious, calculated and despicable. The president speaking from the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland said “There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice would be done”.
After varying reports on if gunman Micah Johnson acted alone or not, it appears at this point in the investigation authorities state Johnson acted as a lone gunman.