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Dallas Police Department Fatalities of July 7th, 2016 - A Black Lives Matter Ambush
Fort Worth and Dallas Police Departments show support for fallen Dallas Police Department members
The City of Dallas and the Justice Department
While the media has showed the events following the shootings of 5 Dallas Police Officers on July 7th, 2016, the people in the area of Dallas and Fort Worth, TX have all been effected. The Black Lives Matter protest, which took place in downtown Dallas that night had approximately 100 protesters. Their goals to share their support for the 2 black men who were shot and killed in handcuffs by police in another state lead to the deaths of 5 local Dallas PD officers and additional officers who were injured. The fears of the protesters possibly nationwide continued to be that it is not safe to attend these protests. As a response not only did our President Barrack Obama, and Vice president Joe Biden speak in the Symphony Hall in Dallas on July 12th, 2016 so did ex- president George W. Bush. Still protesters went back to the streets in the area to continue to march after these unknown tragedies.
The lives of 5 police officers were taken on that night from one individual, who later was found to have been a former gang member of the Black Panthers. The perpetrator was hunted and killed as an act from the police department's special response team. The fear of what happened from that night did not go on after the death of the shooter, the entire community began to join together. Just from hearing the radio station in the area, I can say the donations and pulling together has grown and grown. People are offering support to the families of the fallen officers, just as persons from the Justice Department are also addressing this issue.
Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney General, delivered this official statement:
“ To the families of all who lost their lives in this series of tragedies, we share your pain and your loss. To our brothers and sisters who wear the badge: I want you to know that I am deeply grateful for the difficult and dangerous work you do every day to keep our streets safe and our nations secure. I am heartbroken at this loss. And the Department of Justice will do all we can to support you in the days ahead. To those who seek to improve our country through peaceful protest and protected speech: I want you to know that your voice is important. Do not be discouraged by those who use your lawful actions as cover for their heinous violence. We will continue to safeguard your constitutional rights and to work with you in the difficult mission of building a better nation and a brighter future. And to all Americans: I ask you not to allow the events of this week to precipitate a “new normal” in our country. I ask you to turn to each other, not against each other as we move forward. Let us support one another. Let us help heal one another. And I urge you to remember, today and every day, that we are one nation. We are one people. And we stand together. May God bless the families and loved ones of all who were taken from us this week and comfort their grief with his everlasting grace? And may God bless the United States of America.”(www.justice.gov , 2016)
As the country and the community have continued to show their concern and sympathy for the members of Dallas PD, an all over love for the police has built up. Newspapers, Radio and TV are all showing additional protesting and even gifts of kindness to local police. One march in Fort Worth, TX showed on the cover of the Fort Worth Star Tele-Gram shows protesters asking the “All Lives Matter". As the term "Blue Lives Matter" was coined two years ago, so was the effort of law enforcement to peacefully gather to show support for those killed while wearing the badge.
The downtown Fort Worth march for Blue Lives Matter gathered over 1,000 attendees just a couple of months before these events took place. While I invited to go, I did not attend. I had a friend who also blogs and does online radio shows attend and provides pictures of the declaration from the City of Fort Worth Mayor Betty Price. All throughout the metroplex of Dallas and Fort Worth police and citizens are showing support for the events of Dallas. Local police officers are still wearing the strip around the badge to show support the acts of hate which took the lives of those Dallas Police Officers.
While the reasoning behind constant retaliation cannot be known or understood. Being able to accept your community and appreciate one anther has been a gift from God. We know in the Fort Worth and Dallas area that there are families wishing their husband or father had come home from work, but did not. As these targeted ambush of attacks may go on there is no winning in it happening. Making judgement against each other is not for human lives to do. The ultimate judgement of our lives will not transpire in our time, it is for our ever after and the great beyond.
My personal point of view of All Lives Matter and Protesting:
We cannot condemn protesting as it is a Constitutional Amendment Privilege of the First Amendment. It is intended for each and every American to have the same equal right to remain peaceful and gather among intentions of demonstrating. The violence which goes on in as a retaliation is not why people go out to protest. I hope that the reasoning of real change taking place to make our country a place for everyone to be treated just as equal as one another will one day be accomplished. But as for now in Dallas, community members still offer support and acceptance for the reality of public shootings, that our community can be safer if we make it that way.
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