Five police officers were killed during a protest over police violence in downtown Dallas.
On July 7, crowds were gathered for a peaceful protest after videos of two African-American men being shot and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota went viral. NBC5 reports that two gunmen began shooting at officers at the rally around 9 P.M. Eight Dallas police, four DART officers and two civilians were shot during the attack.
According to CNN, three suspects are in custody and one was killed after police detonated a bomb near the suspect. Dallas Police Chief David Brown says officers cornered the suspect and spent hours in negotiations. The suspect reportedly told police that many more officers were going to get hurt as he wanted to “kill white people, especially white officers.” He also claimed to have planted multiple bombs across the downtown area. A large portion of the metro Dallas area has been closed as officers continue to investigate the incident.
“I’m not going to be satisfied until we turn over every stone,” Brown said during a press conference. “If there’s someone out there associated with this, we will find you.”
This shooting now marks the deadliest day for United States law enforcement since 72 officers were killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.