Today in Tha Wire, a peaceful protest in Dallas last night was interrupted by the gunfire of snipers. The protest was a call for justice in the wake of the back-to-back police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. People from every walk of life took to the streets in unity, seeking an end to police brutality and unjustified killings, to which there seems to be no end. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a news conference this morning that one suspect involved in the shooting had been killed, and offered more details involving the tragic event that left 5 Dallas officers dead, 7 wounded, as well as 2 civilians.

This type of violence is in no way productive in gaining a solution to the ongoing murders at the hands of police. That said, our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and fellow men and women in blue for the loss of those hard-working officers, who lost their lives doing their job. Murder and violence are NEVER the answer! If we are going to be at war, then let it be against the evil that divides us, and NOT against one another.

According to reports, the deceased suspect has been identified as 25-year old Micah Xavier Johnson, of Mesquite, Texas. Johnson previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve, which explains his shooting skills. His neighbor, Wayne Bynoe, told CNN that Johnson lived with his mother and "keeps to himself".

Before Dallas police killed him with a robot bomb, he told authorities he acted alone and wasn't affiliated with any groups. Johnson also said he was purposefully targeting white police officers, among other things. For more details check out the video below with Chief David Brown and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Black Lives Matter,
A deep investigation into the senseless shooting in Dallas continues. Keep it here for further details and updates on this ongoing story. In the meantime, we all pray for love, peace and justice to prevail; and on that note, I leave you with these words from Dr. King.

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