Amid racial tension, five police officers are killed in Dallas during protest

The protest came after the death of two black men by white police officers this week.
08/07/2016 10h18 - Updated 8/07/2016 10h24
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Gunmen targeted a police battalion that accompanied a demonstration in Dallas (Texas), on Thursday night (7), killing five policemen and wounding seven others.

O protesto no Texas, which began and remained for two hours peaceable, about 800 people, It was one of several that erupted in US cities after the death of two black men by white police officers this week.

Three people are in custody of the authorities after the ambush against agents, taken by police as carefully planned and executed.

A fourth suspect was killed by a police robot, after exchanging shots and negotiated with the authorities in a garage, during a dawn. “We saw no other option but to use our robot bomb”, said the head of the Dallas police, David Brown.

“The suspect said he was upset with the Black Lives Matter [Black lives matter. movement protesting against police violence against blacks across the country]”, Brown said. “He said he was upset about the recent police killings. The suspect said he was upset with white. He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”

This fourth suspect, not yet identified, warned about possible bombs scattered around the city -not found in scanned by police.

The police chief also said the gunmen, some in high positions in relation to the ground, used sniper rifles to shoot the battalion in what appears to have been a coordinated attack.

“[They were] working together with rifles, triangulated in high positions in different parts of the central area of ​​the city where walked the march”, Brown said in a press conference.

According to the mayor, Mike Rawlings, two civilians were also injured in the shooting. The mayor said he believed that none of the injured, civilians or police, have injuries that put lives at risk.

“It was a devastating night”, ranked the Dallas police on Twitter.

Traveling to Warsaw (Poland), President Barack Obama said “there is no possible justification for this type of attack or any violence against authorities”.

US officials said there are no signs of international connections in this attack. Police said, however, not to make sure everyone involved in shooting.

One of five dead agents was identified as Brent Thompson, 43, member of the Dart police department (city ​​transit agency) since 2009.

Of the eleven hit police, ten were shot during protests, second Brown. The other was injured during the shooting, in the garage, with the suspect ended up dead.

The shooting occurred a block from the square where President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and where today there is a memorial in his honor

this fifth (7) It was the deadliest day for US authorities since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, according to a US entity that accounts for police killings and other authorities. We attacks 2001, 72 officers were killed, says the entity.


As mortes de Philando Castile, 32, e Alton Sterling, 37, They are the trigger for a series of protests in the United States, in its most peaceful.

The Castile girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, sent death in real time, via streaming no Facebook, a partir de Falcon Heights, em Minnesota, on Wednesday (6).

no video, You can see the policeman who shot Castile, with the gun in the car, and daughter 4 woman years crying in the back seat. “You fired four bullets, Mr. He was just getting his driver's license”, says Reynolds.

On Tuesday (5), Sterling was immobilized, with his face on the ground, in front of the convenience station where he sold CDs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. after screaming “weapon!” (that was supposed to be in the suspect's pocket), the officer shot several times. He did not provide immediate relief, as images recorded by cell.

Sterling and Castile became the 122nd and 123rd blacks killed by American police in 2016, second database “Washington Post”.

O number represents 24% from 509 victims. African Americans account for 13% of the American population, second or census.

The deaths reheated the debate on racism and police violence in the US.

President Barack Obama said he did not see the police killings as “isolated incidents” and that “all Americans should be deeply disturbed” For them.

The Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, He said that no one should die because of a broken flashlight (which led Castile to be stopped by police, according to girlfriend).

“This would have happened if passenger or driver were white? I do not believe”, said the governor, who asked federal investigation.


In another video, Diamond explains why live exhibited the death of boyfriend: “What that viralizasse. The police are not here to protect us, but to kill us”.

“Instead of falling into a predictable pattern of division and politicization of the case, let us reflect on how we can improve”, Obama said, the first black 44 White House occupants, do not attack hours before Texas.

The problem is that the US has been reflecting for years, Similar episodes without fail to emerge, says Folha Eddie Glaude Jr., author “Democracy in Black”.

“It is the fundamental contradiction at the heart of America. No matter how committed we say we are with democracy, in this country the white life has more value. Anytime someone can breathe for the last time for the sole reason of being black.”

As or Michael Brown was, 18, suspected of stealing a pack of cigarettes in 2014 who was killed by a white officer. The event kicked off weeks of protests (some violent) em Ferguson. The city is in Missouri 67% black, and only three of his 53 police were not white at the time.

“In times like these we must remember the importance of uniting the Americas”, said the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, on the death of the agents.

Source: Folha de S.Paulo

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