Five Dallas Police Officers Dead; Seven Others Injured in Peace March Ambush

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Five Dallas Police Officers have died and seven others injured in an ambush as a protest over the recurring use of excessive and deadly force against unarmed African Americans turned violent leaving a city and nation stunned.

The violence broke out during a national protest staged to take place in major cities across America. Dallas was one of the many cities whose residents took to the streets once again gasping over the violence and injustice in two separate back-to-back shootings.

As approximately 8:42pm the crowd which had dwindled down to about 200, from the height of the nearly 800 who took part, gathered near the Old Museum, on Dallas' West End, when a well-armed suspect began to rain a firestorm of bullets on the unsuspecting crowd.

Targeting police officers the sniper felled three quickly, as a released video shows bodies lying in the street, and the barrage of gunfire stands as a powerful statement to the violence that broke out. The standoff continued for nearly five hours with Dallas Police attempting to negotiate a peaceful surrender for the single suspect they cornered.

As morning approached the Dallas City Police Twitter account stated there were three suspects, two males and a female. One male and the female are currently being sought.

The official Twitter account for the Dallas Police Department provide a play-by-play of the what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. Posted pictures depict a peaceful crowd with public service announcements on traffic conditions and safety of participants.

"Our worst nightmare happened," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said during a late night Thursday press conference describing the active shooter situation that had already killed four officers.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown went on to describe the scene indicating the suspects intended to "triangulate" to build an inescapable corral to kill as many police officers as possible.

In a press conference Friday morning the Chief Brown announced that one suspect said that he wanted to hurt white officers, and was upset about the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both black men. Brown also stated that suspect told negotiators he was not affiliated with any group and acted alone.

"As I told Mayor Rawlings, I believe that I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.  According to police, there are multiple suspects.  We will learn more, undoubtedly, about their twisted motivations.  But let's be clear:  There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement," said President Obama.

The gunfire started as demonstrators marched against the shooting deaths of two African-American men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Two years ago a group of white Staten Island Police officers put Eric Garner, a black man and father, who was selling loose cigarettes, in a chokehold, rode his back to the ground and over his protests of '"I can't breathe"' maintained their lock on him. Today his words ring out from the grave. Again we are a nation who can't breathe. Injustice is putting our nation in a chokehold and we are dying.

Our hearts grieve for Dallas. Our hearts grieve for the lost men and women who have been killed by excessive force whose deaths have ripped a hole in the fabric of diversity and separated us as a people. Our hearts grieve for injustice who seems to be doing just fine, while justice suffers greatly and is mocked throughout the world. We are now, again, white and black, a separate people hoping for justice and healing. "I can't breathe" rings out as injustice is strangling us. Violence will alway beget violence, rage will always ignite rage.

Image a modified headline courtesy of The New York Daily News  used with permission.

 

Haute Tease

  • OJ Simpson Granted Parole in Nevada

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Orenthal James "O.J." Simpson, the former football great, has been granted parole in Nevada where he has served nine years of a thirty-three year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping in conjunction with theft of sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.

     
  • Maryland Film Festival Premieres Stark, Realistic, Uncompromising Narratives with WEREWOLF, PRINCESS CYD, THE STAIRS; Closes with THE HERO

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) announced the complete guide for the opening night short films and closing night film for the 19th annual Maryland Film Festival, taking place May 3-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. The complete festival program, schedule and tickets for all screenings are now available online at http://mdfilmfest.com/film-guide/.

     
  • AFI Awards 2016 Call For Submissions And Key Dates Announced By The American Film Institute

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Recognizing the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image, AFI AWARDS is the American Film Institute’s annual almanac of excellence — celebrating works of significance in both film and television.  

  • Novitiate Review - Performance Driven Indie Delivers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Novitiate, from Sony Pictures Classics, presents an insider's view behind the scared walls of the nunnery as it follows a group of young women who believe they have been called to the live a life of sacrifice in service for God.

     
  • Carrie Fisher, Star Wars Princess Leia, Dies

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Carrie Fisher, the celebrity daughter and actress of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, has died following an in-flight massive heart attack that caused the actress to stop breathing. She never regained consciences. Fisher was 60.

Crime

  • Double Homicide Suspect Caught on Camera; Manhunt Widens

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The main suspect in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams, the two Indiana teens killed while hiking on Delphi Historic Trail, has been identified and his image was captured on park surveillance.

     
  • Nine Dead, 17 Injured; 192 Arrested in Waco Biker Brawl

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nine gang members shot and killed each other in a Wild West gangland shoot out at the Twin Peaks Bar and Grill in Waco, Texas, in what has been described as the worst crimes in almost 35 years of law enforcement.

     
  • Four Day Old Baby, Two Toddlers Found Alive Among Ohio Execution Slaughter

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Eight members of a rural Ohio family were found dead, early Friday morning, shot execution style as they lie sleeping, in multiple locations across a small area of Pike County. None of the victims appear to be the shooter.

     
  • Eleven Boston Cops Wounded, Two Critically, by Body Armor Wearing Suspect

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Boston police officers shot and killed a gunman after he opened fire on responding officers wounding eleven and critically injuring two who are now fighting for their lives, in what has been called a domestic disturbance gone bad.

     
  • Miami Woman Savagely Beaten Remains Comatose

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Danielle Jones, 23, a Miami, Florida caterer, is clinging to life after she was savagely beaten, bludgeoned, strangled, slashed and left for dead on Valentine's Day, which is also her birthday, by her roommate of one week that she found on Craigslist.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • The Orphan Keeper Review – Astounding, Inspirational, Remarkable

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Orphan Keeper, from Shadow Mountain Publishing, tells an epic story of a boy kidnapped from India, sold to an orphanage and adopted to the United States over 8,000 miles away and the miracle that would follow.

     
  • San Diego Jazz Fest Features Traditional Jazz, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Rockabilly, Gospel, and Ragtime

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    San Diego, California, For Immedite Release - The San Diego Jazz Fest takes place November 26-November 30 and will feature over thirty bands and guest artists from across the U.S. playing for dancing and listening in seven venues.

     
  • Blue Man Group Review - Fresh, Fun, Loud and Messy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    I had seen the famed Blue Man Group Las Vegas show before albeit more than a decade ago. Even so, I recently proceeded to secure tickets to see what has since become a Vegas entertainment staple. I wondered how, or if, this show had evolved so it would seem fresh and new the second time around.

     
  • Interstellar Soundtrack with Music By Hans Zimmer Out In Time For The Holidays

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    (October 28, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA) WaterTower Music today proudly announces the November 18 release of Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with music by renowned composer Hans Zimmer, whose career has earned him Grammy, Golden Globe, Classical Brit, Academy, Tony, and American Music Awards.

     
  • NYPD Green Book Review - Page Turning Detective Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    NYPD Green, a memoir from Luke Waters, details his life from undocumented Irish immigrant to ranking detective in one of the largest police departments in the world solving horrendous cases and the interactions and working with other judicial agencies.