In the wake of the recent questionable police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota, more tragedy has arisen.
— CNN (@CNN) July 8, 2016
A peaceful protest in Dallas, TX against national police brutality Thursday night turned violent. Shooters descended upon the Dallas police force monitoring the demonstration. 11 officers were wounded in the chaos; five of those officers died at the scene or from wounds sustained trying to combat the threat.
It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died.
— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, 10 of the policemen were shot by snipers during the protests and the 11th officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect. Brown added that, at this time, the number of suspects involved in the attack is still unclear but DPD took three suspects into custody while a fourth suspect exchanged gunfire with law enforcement for a considerable time period after the initial shootings at a downtown parking garage.
CNN reported that the fourth suspect was killed during that time.
As there always is with these kind of awful affairs, athletes and notable local & national personalities took to Twitter to express their grief at the violence and give their condolences to those involved. Many of these individuals took definitive stances on the Civil Rights implications of the killings of both Sterling and Castile, but did not hesitate to emphasize that one injustice does not warrant another.
Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 8, 2016
The violence has gotta stop
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) July 8, 2016
Praying for this world my kids gotta grow up in…I’ll die for them, won’t let the streets or the (social) media raise them.That’s on God — Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) July 8, 2016
Just an awful week in a country most of us love.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 8, 2016
Hurting for Dallas right now. It seems like we wake up or go to sleep reading more tragedies than not.I want to wake up from this nightmare. — Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 8, 2016
Black lives Matter,White lives matter,Hispanic lives matter,Latin lives matter,Asian lives matter,All lives matter,Yo life matters! #Truth
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) July 8, 2016
Before you go to sleep tonight, I challenge every single one of you to do something nice for a complete stranger. Our world needs that. — Bo Jackson (@BoJackson) July 8, 2016
Praying for Dallas.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 8, 2016
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry also shared her sympathy for the tragedy in Dallas on behalf of Music City, expressing the need for cooperation from all sides to resolve the issue of unjust killings in our society.
The murder of police officers in Dallas is horrifying and heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/ev46bjtxQB
— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) July 8, 2016
Sports personality and Nashville native Clay Travis, host of Outkick The Show and FOX Sports television personality, shared one of the more explicit social media amateur videos from a person on the ground in Dallas. WARNING: The content of the video below is unsettling to say the least. Viewer discretion is advised.
This live footage of the shooting is terrifying and graphic. https://t.co/gHp4PFQjTR
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 8, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dallas Police Force, the families of the fallen officers as well as the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The loss of human life is an utter catastrophe and does the kind of irreparable harm to any community that trancends personal opinion, faith or belief.