2016 Dallas Shooting

2016 Dallas Shooting

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Updated Jul 08, 2016 at 02:52PM EDT by Don.

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The 2016 Dallas Shooting refers to the ambush of a group of police officers by several armed gunmen during demonstrations against the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in early July 2016. During the shootout, a total of five police officers were fatally shot, while seven officers and two civilians sustained injuries.


Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

On July 5th, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling was fatally shot by a police officer while being detained in a convenience store parking lot. The following day, Minnesota resident Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a routine traffic stop after informing the officer he had a firearm he was licensed to carry according to his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. Following the shooting, Reynolds streamed the aftermath on Facebook (shown below, right). After videos of the incidents surfaced online, many reacted with outrage, speculating that the shootings were racially motivated.

Dallas Shooting

Following the two shootings, the Next Generation Action Network (NGAN) organized a demonstration in Dallas in protest of the killings, which gathered approximately 800 protesters. According to the Dallas Police Department, at least four snipers fired upon police officers near the Belo Garden Park area, with shots coming from an alleyway, the upper level of a parking garage and other elevated areas. Two suspects were apprehended by police officers and a third was killed by a bomb device deployed by a police-controlled drone. A total of 12 police officers were shot, five of which died due to the injuries. In addition two civilians were injured in the shootout.


Identity of Shooters

Police revealed that one suspect was 25-year-old Texas resident Micah Xavier Johnson, who told police during negotations that he was motivated by the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to "kill white people." The additional suspects have yet to be identified.

Mark Hughes' Misidentification

That evening, Texas resident Mark Hughes was wrongly identified as a suspect by the Dallas Police Department Twitter[8] feed, since he had been photographed at the protest carrying a rifle (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 40,000 retweets and 18,700 likes.

Dallas Police Depart @DallasPD Follow This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him! RETWEETS LIKES 40,553 18,179 yEw/h, r. 11:52 PM-7 Jul 2016 41K 18K

After turning himself in to the police, Hughes was released after it was determined he had nothing to do with the attack.

Online Reaction

As news of the shooting circulated online, a live-updated thread was launched on Reddit.[3] That evening, a video taken during the shooting, in which gunfire can be heard in the background, reached the front page of the /r/videos[2] subreddit (shown below).

Additionally, the Kapitol YouTube channel uploaded footage taken during the incident (shown below).

That same night, a photograph of an officer crying at the Baylor Hospital immediately after the shooting reached the front page of /r/pics[3] (shown below). Additionally, several discussion threads regarding the shootout reached the front page of the /r/news,[4] /r/AskReddit,[5] /r/Dallas[6] and /r/The_Donald[7] subreddits.


President Obama's Response

The following morning, United States President Barack Obama spoke to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, where he described the incident as a "vicious, calculated, despicable attack" and called for increased gun control regulations (shown below).

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pinkiespy - goat spy
pinkiespy - goat spy

There's going to be a temptation to write off the sniper(s) as evil, insane, or something to imply that this wasn't an action a normal human could take. In reality, this is a failure of shared humanity. When someone is scared, that when the world turns dark, you can lose sight that other people are just as scared and fragile as you.

So in response to a dehumanizing system killing people, someone broke and forgot that cops are people out there doing something dangerous because they genuinely want the world to be better. And now 5 public servants, fathers, brothers, sons are gone.

The edgelords are on the way. We have to remember they're human too, that their reactions will either be cries for attention because the world can't give them the time of day or they've lost site of our shared humanity. And we have to treat them like people as well. It's the only way we can start to break the cycle.

Some Guy
Some Guy

Lemme post something I found on Facebook from someone intelligent.

I believe that the justice system profoundly disadvantages and gravely harms the black community. I also believe that most police officers truly wish to lead lives according to the doctrine of “Protect and Serve.” Maybe that’s inconsistent, but the world isn’t black-and-white.

There are voices out there who would have you believe that we are on the eve of a war. They would like you to think that the only solution to our problems is more violence, more death, and more arguing without listening. No rational person wants this; YOU can discern the difference. You can stand for what you believe in without being against someone else. Blacks are PEOPLE. Police officers are PEOPLE. No matter what happens, don’t let hatred taint another person’s humanity.

You’re better than that.

This week, my heart breaks for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. My heart breaks for Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa, and all the other slain officers of the Dallas Police Department. Most of all, my heart breaks when I see the fear and misunderstanding on either side, because I know this isn’t over.


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