Lethal attack on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Texas


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 People Are Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest in Minneapolis

24 November 2015

Police were hunting three white suspects early Tuesday after five people were shot near a protest in Minneapolis over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. All five victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after the incident late Monday, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement.

The shooting happened around a block away from the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct, where Black Lives Matter demonstrators and local activists have camped for more than a week after 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot dead by a police officer during a scuffle on November 15.

That was then. And today …

By Nick Visser, Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

At Least 4 Police Officers Killed By Snipers During Dallas Protest

Seven other officers and one civilian were also shot and injured.

07/07/2016 10:26 pm ET | Updated 1 minute ago

At least 11 police officers and 1 civilian have been shot in Dallas.

Officials said two snipers carried out an “ambush-style” attack.

Police are negotiating with one “uncooperative” suspect who is still exchanging gunfire with them.

Gunfire first broke out during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

Snipers shot and killed four police officers “ambush-style” after a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Thursday night, according to Dallas police. At least seven other police officers and one civilian were also shot and injured. …

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said three suspects were in custody and police were still in negotiations with another suspect who was being uncooperative, at times exchanging gunfire with officers in a parking garage.

“He told negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us,” Brown said at the press conference early Friday morning …

‘The end is coming’ sounds like some ultra religious person expecting the Last Judgment.

All signs pointed to the demonstration having been peaceful throughout the evening. The DPD Twitter account included posts about “men, women, boys and girls” gathered in solidarity, while other photos show officers posing with marchers, including a state senator. …

Rev. Jeff Hood, an organizer of the rally, told the Dallas Morning News he was at the front of the protest with an officer before he heard “what sounded like six to eight shots.”

“I saw people scramble,” Hood said. “The officer ran towards the shots, I ran away from the shots trying to get people off the streets, and I was grabbing myself to see if I was shot.” …

Earlier Thursday, hundreds had gathered in cities across the country to protest the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old killed outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, who was shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Demonstrators were carrying signs and chanting “no justice no peace” and “hands up, don’t shoot” ― common refrains of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality.

From daily The Independent about this:

Richard Adams, a witness to [the] shooting in Dallas, said the protests were “peaceful and lovely” until he heard what sounded like “a bunch of firecrackers going off.”

“Women with children and babies and everybody was chaotically running,” Adams told. “And then, maybe I was a half-a-block away, calming down a little bit when we heard it again. […] There must have been five times tonight — whenever we thought we were safe, people said: “Run, people were shot!”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Minnesota governor thinks that the black motorist [Philando Castile] who this Wednesday in a suburb of St. Paul was killed by police brutality, would not have been shot if he would have been white. “This kind of racism exists and it is the duty of us all to ensure that it stops,” said Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat.

See also here.

Update, 9 July 2016:

Micah Johnson, Lone Gunman In Dallas Attack, Had Bomb-Making Materials In His Home

The attack killed five police officers and injured seven others as well as two civilians. …

Johnson was killed after police detonated a bomb strapped to a robot. He had no known criminal history, officials said Friday, but cops found material to make bombs, rifles and ammunition in his home.

Johnson had been a private first class in the Army Reserves, a military spokeswoman confirmed. He enlisted in 2009, was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014, receiving several awards for his service. He left the military in April 2015.

Micah Xavier Johnson, an Afghan War veteran who spent six years in the Army Reserves, opened fire Thursday night on Dallas police who were escorting a demonstration of hundreds of people protesting the police killings of unarmed black men. He killed five police and wounded seven. Two protesters were also wounded as gunfire erupted between police and Johnson, who was heavily armed and wearing military-style body armor. Despite initial police and media reports describing as many as half a dozen snipers “triangulated at elevated positions in different points in the downtown area” and shooting in a coordinated crossfire, all the damage was inflicted by a single gunman armed with an SKS semi-automatic rifle using .223 caliber ammunition, the civilian equivalent of the bullets with which Johnson was equipped while in Afghanistan: here.

Parents Of Dallas Shooter Say Son Became ‘Hermit’ After Military Service: here.

Dallas civil rights activists plan new police brutality protest in the wake of shootings. As protests against police killings proliferated across the US this weekend, Dominique Alexander, president of the Next Generation Action Network, said he and other campaigners were ‘putting in a lot of hours to make sure that tensions don’t rise’: here.

Update: Baton Rouge Cop Points Assault Weapon At HuffPost Reporter, Protesters. “An officer just pointed a machine gun at me,” a HuffPost reporter said as he captured the moment on camera: here.

11 thoughts on “Lethal attack on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Texas

  1. Today, we say their names: Alton Sterling. Philando Castile.

    Alton Sterling was shot multiple times on Tuesday while pinned to the ground by police.

    Read More:

    http://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/ldf-responds-tragic-shooting-death-alton-sterling

    Two days ago, graphic footage taken by a witness’s cell phone showed Alton Sterling, 37, being shot multiple times outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as two police officers pinned him to the ground.

    Then, last night, we witnessed the tragedy of a police killing again: Philando Castile, 32, was shot by police during a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend and her daughter in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The woman, identified as Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed Castile’s death on Facebook, where it garnered more than 1 million views before it was removed and then re-posted with a graphic content warning.

    Peaceful protests against police brutality have already begun in Louisiana and Minnesota, and Mr. Sterling’s family, state lawmakers, civic leaders, and the local NAACP branch have called for an independent criminal investigation into his death. The Department of Justice has also opened a civil rights investigation into his death.

    LDF joins the call for a transparent investigation of both of these shootings, including the release of any surveillance, dash-cam, or police body-worn camera video.

    Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile’s deaths are horrific to witness and follow an increasingly long line of unjustified police shootings of civilians. We cannot be numb to the relentless police-involved assaults and killings of people of color. We must be vigilant and we must continue to push for unbiased and responsible policing – and this is exactly what LDF will continue to do in the days and months ahead.

    We stand with the families of Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile, with their communities, and with you during this difficult time.

    With you in struggle,

    Sherrilyn A. Ifill

    President and Director-Counsel

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  3. Within just 48 hours two Black men were killed by police, one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were caught on video and publicized to the world.1

    No one deserves to be killed for selling CDs or for having a tail light out, as these men were. And neither did the police officers killed last night in Dallas.2

    But the sad reality is that Black people are twice as likely as white people to be shot by police. And young Black men? Nine times as likely as the average American to die at the hands of a police officer.3

    The Department of Justice has already stepped in to investigate Sterling’s death in Louisiana, and is likely contemplating stepping in to investigate Castile’s death in Minnesota.4 But investigating isn’t enough–as long as there are no consequences when police shoot Black people for being Black, it will keep happening. Will you add your name to this petition calling for the Department of Justice to bring charges against the police officers who shot Sterling and Castile?

    Tell the Department of Justice: Bring charges against the Baton Rouge police officers who killed Alton Sterling as well as the Falcon Heights police officers who killed Philando Castile.
    Sign the petition

    As President Obama said, “these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”5

    UltraViolet is here to create a cost for sexism and build a more equitable future. We can’t achieve that without simultaneously working to dismantle racism. Women, and especially the Black women among us, wake up every day terrified that the their loved ones will die for nothing more than a broken tail light (Philando Castile), or selling CDs (Alton Sterling), or failing to signal a lane change (Sandra Bland), or selling cigarettes (Eric Garner), or riding a train (Oscar Grant), or holding a fake gun (Tamir Rice), or simply walking up the stairs to get home (Akai Gurley).6

    Black women should be able to live and raise families free from the fear that police could take their children and loved ones away. Black women, and other women of color, deserve the right to raise families free from fear that any day might be their last.

    It’s time for the Department of Justice to make sure there is real punishment for the crime of killing Black people.

    Add your name to the petition.

    Thanks for standing up,

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. Woman streams aftermath of fatal officer-involved shooting, CNN, July 8, 2016

    2. Dallas shooting: 5 police officers killed by snipers during protest, CNN, July 8, 2016

    3. Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths, The Guardian, December 31, 2015

    4. The DOJ Will Investigate Alton Sterling’s Shooting, Huffington Post, July 6, 2016

    5. President Obama on the Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, White House, July 7, 2016

    6. Everyday Things That Could Cost You Your Life if You’re Black, Mic via Facebook, July 7, 2016

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