11 Police Shot, 4 Dead After Dallas Protests
Protesters have taken to the streets in various cities across the US to demonstrate against police brutality, excessive force, and senseless killings in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, less than 24 hours apart from one another.
Now, just as a protest in Dallas came to a close tonight, rapid-succession gunfire filled the streets and resulted in the injury of 11 officers, causing fatalities for four. Via NBCDFW:
Three officers are dead, and at least seven others are injured in downtown Dallas Thursday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown says.
The entire statement follows:
Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call 214-671-3482.
We will provide more information once it is available. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight.
DART says one of its officers has been killed, and three others have non-life threatening injuries.
The gunshots rang out about 9 p.m. following a protest and rally held over two people killed in police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota this week. The shootings took place as the rally and march were ending.
Scores of police officers arrived downtown following the shooting, which took place near Main and Market streets and a block from the Old Red Courthouse building.
Since that was printed, the number shot rose to 11 and death toll rose to 4. The Dallas Police Chief has blamed the incident on two snipers aiming at police, however live Twitter accounts of the action from people on the ground are giving totally different accounts of what is going on.
INTERESTING. Twitter has also reportedly dispelled rumors that a protester spotted on the scene with a firearm he has the legal right to carry with him was one of the alleged snipers responsible for the attack.
The man in the photos turned himself in, and the status of his apprehension is unknown. However, reports from 24-hour news networks are saying that Dallas authorities are still reporting that they have no suspects in custody. No word on the race or gender of said snipers or any proof/word if they were at all affiliated with the protest. But we know it’s getting VERY real out here…