In one of the deadliest attacks on the law enforcement, two snipers from elevated positions opened fire at a protest in Dallas, Texas, killing four officers and injuring eleven on Thursday evening (Friday morning IST). Homeland Security officers arrived at the scene to take stock of the situation. The attack took place while African-Americans were conducting a peaceful protest.
Three people have been taken into custody, while a fourth is still exchanging gunfire with authorities. He is reportedly not cooperating with officials as he plans on injuring or killing more cops.
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings described the shooting as Dallas’ “worst nightmare” at a press conference. “Let’s all come together and support our police officers.”
“Ambush style” is how Dallas police chief David Brown described the shootings. “We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches in garages in the downtown area, and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could.”
His entire statement adds, “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.”
The US Federal Aviation Administration has restricted airspace over Dallas, meaning no pilots may operate an aircraft above the region, a radius of 2.5 nautical miles, according to NDTV.
Americans across the country have been rallying in support of ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ following the fatal shooting of two African-Americans this week. On July 6, Philando Castile was shot dead in Falcon Heights, Minnisota, after being pulled over by a policeman. He was shot after he admitted to having a licensed firearm in the car. He was shot in the arm four or five times. Alton Sterling was shot following an encounter with two policemen.
The two deaths reignited the racism row across the country. With Minnisota governor Mark Dayton attributing the death of Philando Castile to a racial attack by the law enforcement and US President Barack Obama urging America to admit the “serious problem” of prejudice in the country, the debate around black discrimination has been spurred once again.