[Cite](Four officers are dead, including three Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer, after two snipers opened fire on police at the end of a protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings, officials say.)
Way to go, assholes! A sure way to calm the nation’s cops and make them less likely to jump the gun in situations they perceive as dangerous.
I’m just guessing here, but I’d bet that the motive of the two snipers who deliberately ensconced themselves in elevated positions in order to pick off cops with long-range fire at the end of the demonstration was not “to calm the nation’s cops”.
Sniper terrorists are murderers looking for more opportunities to murder.
Even if the sniper terrorists have got some kind of a legitimate grievance against cops (and probably not even the particular cops they were shooting at, in any case), they’re sacrificing the safety of all the innocent protestors and their communities to their own bloodthirsty longing for revenge. No empathy.
IMO, they’re sacrificing the safety of black people all over the country. Scared and wary cops are the prime reason for many of the shootings that have been getting publicity lately, and this is only going to make them even more scared and wary.
4 killed, 7 injured as of 11:48 Central, with several of the injured in critical condition.
Apparently they were solely targeting law enforcement, as there have been no reports whatsoever of protester or bystander casualties so far.
And FWIW, “sniper” isn’t quite right- they were quick-firing on the videos shown on the news, not making single shots, sniper-style. The only thing that makes it sniperish is that they were firing from parking garages, not at street level.
I would still say that shooting from cover counts as “sniping.”
This is an idiotic tragedy, and will lead the damn fool contingent of U.S. politics – the Trump brigade – to dismiss all legitimate complaints regarding police-against-black violence. If the guy doing this wanted to “get back” at bad cops for racial-involved shootings, he just gave a bloody ton of ammunition to the enemies of that viewpoint.
(He isn’t doing gun freedom advocates any favors either.)
Horrible, horrible all around. Let’s thank Og that folks such as these are few in number, and not lose sight of the fact that we still have a real problem with cops shooting people, especially black people, in this country. Yes, I agree with the OP that this type of action is going to make things worse, not better. MLK is turning over in his grave.
Something just worth mentioning is the Dallas Police Department is considered a model for reform and race relations.
Here is a picture of two DPD officers happily taking a photo with one of the protesters before all this happened–and in the last few years these are the sorts of interactions that Dallas has worked to implement in its police force.
Here is a good article summarizing the reforms Dallas has implemented in the last few years.
It’s just worth noting that there are thousands of police departments in the United States, and some actually do take good policing seriously.
The death of four police officers is just as much a tragedy as the death of Alton Sterling is. It shouldn’t be an us vs them situation. We shouldn’t be picking sides and deciding who deserves to get killed. The enemy here is unnecessary shootings not the victims.
I disagree, Alton Sterling was a man with multiple felony convictions, including at least one incident that caused him to become a registered sex offender. He was illegally carrying a firearm. His shooting may or may not be legally justified, but I’ll take 1000 less of him and 1000 more of the four cops who died today any day of the week.