Protesters gathered in downtown Dallas on Thursday in the wake of police’s mistreatment of two black lives within a span of one week. According to the latest update, 11 officers have been shot while four already died.
Reports have indicated the death of three officers to date. Almost seven people have been injured in the incident. Dallas Police Chief David Brown released a statement confirming the deadly protest. “Tonight, it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally,” the statement read. “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.”
Two Baton Rouge police officers attacked black man Alton Sterling, 37, and shot him several times until he died. The officers had pinned the man to the floor. Sterling couldn’t even move when one of the officers said that he “got a gun.” Within seconds of uttering those words, the officers shot him. An autopsy confirmed that the victim died of multiple gunshots.
Another incident that indicated the black lives vs police battle was the killing of Philando Castile on Wednesday. The officer who killed the man worked for the police department. Castilo was killed at the traffic stop at Falcom Heights. Despite punishing the officer for the crime, the law enforcement division of the state tried to defend the staff, saying the members are responsible for dealing with “dregs of society.”
Such negligence from the part of the public representatives has compelled the mass to come forward and fight for the innocent black lives.
Many people gathered at the spot where Sterling was shot. They protested while holding “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot” signs.
St Anthony Police Chief John Ohl revealed in the 2015 law enforcement report that such incidents have never been scrutinized seriously. “This is despite the fact that we have become more technologically sound, are more restrained in the use of force, are more integrated, are more educated, are more carefully trained and are more selectively chosen than ever before,” he wrote in the report.
“The perception that police officers are out of control is not balanced by reports of the good work that is done every day,” Ohl said as quoted by News.com.au.