In Dallas, five officers shot down in cold blood

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(AP)

 

Last night, at an otherwise peaceful protest march in Dallas over recent police shootings, someone opened fire on law enforcement, killing five officers and wounding six. In what appears to have been a carefully planned ambush, at least one gunman had strategically positioned himself as a sniper at a high point surrounding the protest route. According to Dallas officials, some of the officers had been shot in the back.

One suspected gunman has been killed. He has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas. His motive was apparently racial revenge for the recent deaths of black men at the hands of police officers.

Three others have been arrested in connection with the case, although it is unclear whether they are suspected of participating in the actual shooting.  Whatever the details prove to be, we know it was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

As of this morning, the identity of only one of the fallen had been released. He is Brent Thompson, 43, a Dallas Rapid Transit Authority officer.

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Brent Thomson (LinkedIn)

Later in the day, Dallas police officials released the names of the remaining dead: They are Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith and Patrick Zamarripa.

It’s hard to wrap your head and your heart around something like this. The murdered police officers were just doing their duty, protecting their community. The Dallas police department has also been lauded nationally for the progress it has made in reducing violent encounters and brutality complaints.

As one protester described last night’s scene to the Dallas Morning News, “The cops were peaceful. They were taking pictures with us and everything.” Here’s a photograph tweeted out by the Dallas Police Department, roughly 45 minutes before the first shots rang out:

 

“This was peaceful. This was peaceful,” another protester said. “We were headed back to our cars to go home. But we turned that corner [at Main Street] and all hell broke loose.”

Last night gave us another grim reminder of where the concept of “an eye for an eye” justice will take us — we can now count five innocent victims of that line of thinking. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. But still, at times such as this, with emotions high, it is easy to forget our better natures and call upon the darkness. The temptation is there.

For example, last night former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, now an Illinois talk-radio host, tweeted and then deleted the following:

joewalshAnd here in Georgia, somebody in a passing car took potshots at a police officer in Roswell early this morning. A suspect has been arrested. That’s the kind of stupidity that a tragedy like this can engender. That’s the kind of deeply irresponsible rhetoric and action that can turn an already terrible situation into something much, much worse. Don’t go there, America. We are better than this. We are we; we are not them and us.

It’s also important to make it clear that the killers in Dallas are no more representative of those protesting than the likes of Michael Slager, the South Carolina policeman who gunned down a fleeing man in cold blood last year, is representative of decent law enforcement officers who put their lives on their line every day. Peaceful protest is an honorable tradition of public debate in a democracy that must be sustained. It is not an act of violence, it is a repudiation of violence.

Shooting down police officers in cold blood has absolutely nothing to do with peaceful protest. It is an act of terror, perpetrated not just against those in uniform but against all of us, of every race, creed, age and gender. We grieve for Dallas, for the families and colleagues of those killed last night in the line of duty, and for those around the country who put on the badge and uniform this morning with heavy hearts and a worried mind.

 

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UPDATE at 12:00 p.m.:

In a statement released earlier today, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that flags at state offices would fly at half mast to mourn “

The flag decision is of course appropriate. However, what happened in Dallas was not an “anti-police” protest, it was an “anti-police brutality” protest. The distinction is crucial, because it cuts to the core of what this is about. An “anti-police protest” is a protest against all police officers, and to describe the Dallas march that way is to willfully distort its message and intention.

As I note above, the Dallas march, like those in Atlanta and elsewhere, was intended to protest the actions of a few. It is no more accurate to call it “anti-police” than it would be to call police officers in general “anti-black” based on the actions of a few isolated individual officers.

The snipers did not recognize that kind of distinction, treating everyone in a police uniform as a target. That’s why the rest of us must be better than that. Deal should clarify and reissue his statement.

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UPDATE at 1:20 p.m.: Gov. Deal has indeed clarified and reissued that statement.

“The anti-police incident to which I referred was the shooting of law enforcement officers, as that was the stated intent of the shooters,” he said on Twitter. “It was not in reference to those peacefully demonstrating. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with all those who’ve suffered loss of a loved one this week.”

That last sentence is important, extending condolences to those lost in Minnesota and Louisiana as well as in Dallas.

 

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Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex my bigger question, is how did this one man, in this atmosphere, get a weapon of this destructive nature in such a position as to kill armed police.  


You know what I think, I think, the police didn't think they were the target. They thought the targets would be the demonstrators. 


And once again, when has a gun protected the defender, in this country under these circumstances. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Peachs @Visual_Cortex

I don't think that's the bigger question myself, but yes, it's an important one.

I guess I call myself a "gun realist." Some here think I'm some kind of gun-hater or "gun grabber" but I'm not even close to that; I just believe this country's embrace of those machines that are solely designed to kill fellow humans is symptomatic of bigger problems to resolve.

But the guns themselves, of course, need to be subject to reasonable regulations and limitation.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

  More and more on Glenn Beck have decided Hillary is way worse than Trump so they will now be voting for Trump for law and order. 


Valedictorian



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

More and more on Glenn Beck have decided Hillary is way worse than Trump so they will now be voting for Trump for law and order


Just stopped in to see if this was going on. Unbelievable. 


And wow. It is.


Gonna be a fun election


And seriously guys. Get a life. If you are here arguing over this and that. You dont have one.


Go plant some flowers. Read a book.


Anything.


Seeing you here this late and over and over is pathetic.


DO SOMETHING



Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Hedley_Lammar


Take your own advice Hedley. You're on here too. Not only that but you're usually on here all day long on your employers time during the week while I'm working most of the day till late afternoon. Makes me wonder how in the hell you even get any work done. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Hedley_Lammar

yeah that one was pretty incredible - as if a Beck fan would potentially vote for Hillary.


The boy is delusional.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Pretty Unreal


Man do some of you guys sleep ?


I mean seriously.



Seriously
Seriously

@Hedley_Lammar Can't speak for others, but, yeah, when the body, blog, etc. say's "Go To Sleep", and the better half is thinking I'm watching........


HA!

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Hedley_Lammar


I'm about to call it a night. But I've been wound up since I hit the gym earlier so I'm still wide awake. 


Don't fret Hedley. Other people still have lives. 

lvg
lvg

Listening to Hannity, you would think Obama directed  that sniper to kill some cops. Great way to calm things down.

Seriously
Seriously

@lvg Do ya see that "channel" changer button on the remote?  Use it, often.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Seriously @lvg  Maybe he likes to see viewpoints contrary to his own.  It's allowed, you know.

td1234
td1234

@lvg Hannity made the BLM protesters in BR look like fools that hate the law enforcement and believe they are entitled to do whatever they want to do. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@td1234 @lvg


Some of them didn't sound like the smartest folks around to say the least. But putting that aside I think a lot of them really just have a sense of frustration and anger over what they see as an unjust shooting. I get that. What I don't get is that they seem completely unwilling to hear why the cop pulled the trigger. They've already made up their minds. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@PaulinNH @Doom Classical liberal @Seriously @lvg


Cowboys have been losers for a long time. But I've noticed that people still love to hate em anyway. Pats are indeed getting a lotta hate nowadays though. Its now fashionable to hate them and especially Tom Brady. Part of it is the overblown perception that they cheat left and right. That doesn't help. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Hedley_Lammar @lvg

I used to listen to Hannity (mostly for the hate-b0ner aspect of the experience of course) back when he was just another local NYC AM radio-creep. He never had any cred, he was never anything but a loudmouth bum with decent mic skillz.


breckenridge
breckenridge

July 6 -  The count from Trump supporter and Republican National Committee member Randy Evans, confirmed by TIME, shows about 890 delegates firmly backing Trump and 680 opposing him. Both are short of the 1,237 necessary to win the nomination, with roughly 900 who haven’t firmly committed.

But conversations with delegates, RNC members and party and campaign officials made clear that the odds of such a coup are essentially nil.

That's too bad.

td1234
td1234

@breckenridge Not going to happen. Trump will be the nominee and has a good chance of being the next President. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty We shall see what happens after the conventions. 


All these protest are only helping Trump and when they act like fools at the convention then the conservatives will rally around Trump. Just my observation. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty

LOL


Yeah when even more Americans start paying attention, and realize what a narcissistic bombastic fool he is.  


That'll go well for you.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty @td1234 Did you read his statement today? Have you read sites of the never trumpers after the statement. More and more on Glenn Beck have decided Hillary is way worse than Trump so they will now be voting for Trump for law and order. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty

"law and order" if it's uppity black men.


If it were white dudes, they'd be using the second amendment to defend themselves against the evil government.

breckenridge
breckenridge

The same doped up, drugged out losers that used to take Ron Paul to task for being an isolationist are now driving around with their Make America Great Again bumper stickers.  Yeah, time to go shoot up again you freakin' zeros.

td1234
td1234

Interesting. 


"Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is expected to end his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination within days, has been offered to run as the Green Party candidate.


Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, told London's Guardian newspaper she would be willing to step aside if Sanders wants to take her place.
"I've invited Bernie to sit down explore collaboration — everything is on the table. If he saw that you can't have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party, he'd be welcomed to the Green party. He could lead the ticket and build a political movement," Stein said.


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Doom Classical liberal @breckenridge Spent the last 10 hours sweating and putting down new boards for a new deck etc




PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234  It's no more interesting than when you posted the same thing about 2 hours ago.  "London's Guardian newspaper" - LOL.  You'd think that the idiots at Newsmax would know that the newspaper is commonly known as the Manchester Guardian. #CPSnowisrollinginhisgrave

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Hedley_Lammar @Doom Classical liberal @breckenridge


Very rarely. I'm usually not on on weekends and even less on a Friday night since I usually have a drinking or partying session scheduled. But tonight I'm still doing some emails, paperwork, etc. since I effed off most of the day. Strange that you're on complaining about others being on.