Social media is a buzz with people discussing the killing of police officers in Texas on Thursday. Snipers started shooting at police from a parking garage near a protest in Downtown Dallas. The attack resulted in five dead police officers along with seven others wounded. It was the deadliest day for law enforcement in the country since September 11, 2001.
The incident began during a protest over use of force by police around the U.S. Just this week videos surfaced of two African-American men being shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. We'll tell you what people are saying on social media about the murdering of the police officers.
One of the suspected shooters was killed by a detonated bomb that was attached to a police robot. Three other suspects are in custody. Police have identified the dead suspect as 25-year old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas. Police negotiators say Johnson told them he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, because he was upset about police shootings that have been taking place around the country.
A Facebook page dedicated to Johnson has already been created. One user wrote on the page, "To many blacks you are a hero. Sad for those officers but it's been sad for the black community in years."
There has also been an enormous response on Twitter. There have been many people sympathizing with the suspects. Here are a few examples:
Micah Xavier Johnson. I don't agree with the whole situation. But we appreciate you and your courage. Fly high
— Chanti (@chant_jones) July 8, 2016
They call Micah Xavier Johnson a murderer yes he killed those police but why won't they call the police who killed those black men the same?
— Ben (@BlvckStallion12) July 8, 2016
Others expressed their confusion and sadness.
I don't want black men shot at traffic stops. I don't want cops shot by snipers. I don't want kids shot at school. I don't want any of this.
— EM Simpson (@charlie_simpson) July 8, 2016
White, black, brown, police, victim, innocent, accused, republican, democrat. Americans.
We are better than this. We need to come together.
— Steve Starks (@StevenStarks) July 8, 2016
Black Lives Matter has condemned the attack. They were the organizers of Thursday's protest over recent police shootings.
#BlackLivesMatter advocates dignity, justice and freedom. Not murder.
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) July 8, 2016
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