Last night just before the scheduled news program was to come on, our TV show was interrupted by live coverage of downtown Dallas and news of a shootout. There had been a peaceful protest and so a large police presence was needed. There are pictures of officers smiling and posing with people during the protest. It was friendly. They've always remained friendly and peaceful in Dallas . Before 10pm, 3 officers had been shot and taken to hospital. That already was so saddening. We watched the news for a few hours and finally turned off TV, thinking that the police had it handled and we would hear about the suspect in the morning. I woke up at 6am to take the dogs out and I checked news from my phone. I immediately gasped out loud and it alarmed Todd. I couldn't believe what I read. Twelve officers shot. Five fatally shot. How did this happen? I started crying and have cried off and on all day. My city made the national and world news with deadly officer shootout. Late this afternoon, the shooter was named. It's said that he was angry at white people and specifically wanted to kill white officers.
His sister even quoted in FB that white people needed to have a taste of the fear and death. Of course it was taken down shortly after.
My "uncle" ( close family friend) retired a sergeant in the Dallas police department. I have a good handful of friends that retired or still active in the DPD. I even dated a few cops back in my young single days. I can't imagine if I had known the victims.
I'm so sad and scared in the direction our country is going.
These are a few of the memes, quotes , etc that have been shared on social media.