LIVE BLOG: Deadly officer attack in Dallas

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(CNN) — Five Dallas police officers were killed in the deadliest incident for law enforcement in the United States since 9/11, according to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

A total of 12 officers were shot at a protest that took place Thursday against police brutality.

“To say our police officers put their lives on the line everyday is not a hyperbole, it’s a reality,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings in a press conference early Friday morning.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that he was proud of the officers and saw “the courage and professionalism and their grit to stay on scene to search for the suspects while we’re vulnerable.”

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama on Friday called the shootings of police officers in Dallas “a vicious, despicable and calculated attack on law enforcement.”

Obama said he’d conveyed condolences to Dallas’ mayor, and indicated the FBI was involved in investigating the shootings, which left 5 police officers dead.

“There’s no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any attack on law enforcement,” Obama said. “Anybody involved will be held accountable.”

Obama was speaking from Warsaw, where he arrived early Friday for a summit of NATO leaders. His remarks came at the end of a session with the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, where Obama plotted a path forward after Britain’s vote to exit the EU.

As soon as he arrived in Poland in the early morning hours Friday, Obama went to his hotel and delivered a statement about two police-involved shootings in the U.S. this week, saying the episodes reflected persistent racial disparity.

Citing statistics showing minorities are more likely to be pulled over, searched or shot at by police, Obama said it was incumbent on the country to aim for better — including recognizing deep-seated biases that must be “rooted out.”

“If communities are mistrustful of the police, that makes those law enforcement offers who are doing a great job, who are doing the right thing, that makes their lives harder,” Obama said, insisting that recognizing problems within law enforcement doesn’t equate to being anti-police.

“When people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean that blue lives don’t matter,” Obama said, referring to police officers. “But right now, the data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. There is a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens.”

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Dallas standoff suspect dead

(CNN) –A suspect involved in a standoff with Dallas police at a downtown parking garage has died, a law enforcement official tells CNN. K-9 units are being used to sweep for possible bombs.

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(AP) – Dallas Area Rapid Transit has identified its officer who was fatally shot when snipers opened fire during a downtown Dallas protest.

DART said early Friday morning that 43-year-old officer Brent Thompson was killed in the Thursday night shootings. He’d joined the DART Police Department in 2009.
DART says he’s the first officer killed in the line of duty since the agency formed a police department in 1989. The statement says “our hearts are broken.”
DART says the other three DART police officers shot during the protest are expected to recover from their injuries.
Also killed during the shootings were four Dallas police officers.

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Dallas police plan to hold a news conference at 7:30 this morning.

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Police Departments across the nation, including right here in the Tennessee Valley, are showing support for Dallas:

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Quick recap of the situation from Associated Press: Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. Three people are in custody and a fourth suspect was exchanging gunfire with authorities in a parking garage downtown, Dallas Police Chief David Brown says.

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From CNN: It was the deadliest single attack on law enforcement since the 2001
terror attacks, when 72 officers died, according to the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Quick recap:

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President Obama’s reaction:

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(CNN) — Dallas police have completed primary and secondary sweeps for explosives in connection to last night’s deadly shootings, and no explosives have been found, Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said.

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(CNN) — One of the police officers who were killed in the shootings in Dallas, DART Officer Brent Thompson, got married to a fellow transit officer just two weeks ago, DART Police Chief James Spiller said.

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(CNN) — Investigators say there are no indications of a connection to international terrorist groups, according to three law enforcement officials who spoke to CNN condition of anonymity. It’s still early in the investigation, the sources noted, but it’s one of the first things investigators look for.

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(AP) – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says the suspect in a standoff with police
has died.

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An update on numbers:

(CNN)  – Twelve officers were shot — five are dead, and seven are injured — in the attack in downtown Dallas, the Dallas mayor’s office said Friday. Two civilians also were injured, according to Scott Goldstein, spokesman for the mayor.

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(CNN) — Of the two civilians who were injured in the Dallas shootings, one male still is in a hospital, and one female was treated and released, according to Scott Goldstein, spokesman for the Dallas mayor.

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(CNN) — Of the five police officers killed in the shootings in Dallas, four were Dallas police officers and one was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer, mayor’s spokesman Scott Goldstein said Friday. Of the seven other officers who were injured in the shootings, four are Dallas police officers and three are DART officers, Goldstein said.

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(AP) — Dallas police chief: Suspect said he was upset about recent shootings, wanted to kill whites.

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(CNN) — The suspect that was killed after a standoff with Dallas police was killed by a bomb that authorities detonated, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb,” Brown told reporters.

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(CNN) — “All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters after an ambush left five officers dead. “We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”

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Trump, Clinton postpone campaign events after Dallas shootings

(CNN) — The presumptive presidential nominees for both major political parties have postponed campaign events Friday, following the deadliest single day for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001.

Donald Trump canceled campaign stops in Miami and Hillary Clinton postponed her scheduled rally with Vice President Joe Biden in Scranton Pennsylvania, as well as a fundraising event. Clinton is still expected to speak this afternoon in Philadelphia where she is expected to address this week’s shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota.

Clinton’s speech was scheduled before the deadly sniper shootings that killed five police officers in Dallas on Thursday.

Politicians from Texas and around the country offered condolences and reactions to the fatalities, with Trump decrying “the horrors we are all watching take place in our country.”

Trump reacted to the news early Friday morning, writing on Twitter: “Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country.”

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(CNN) — Dallas police Chief David Brown said an investigation into the ambush that killed five officers continues. “I’m not going to be satisfied until we’ve turned over every stone. We’ve got some level that this one suspect did do some of the shooting. But we’re not satisfied that we’ve exhausted every lead,” he told reporters Friday. “So if there’s someone out there who’s associated with this, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will bring you to justice.”

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Statement from Governor Robert Bentley: 

“Alabamians are strong in love and in faith. As the people of
our state have done on so many occasions, let us join our hearts
together to pray for those who are hurting across our great nation.
There are a number of local and state officials from our state traveling
overseas on an economic development mission now. Team Alabama has
watched the tragic events of this week and last night unfold with great
sadness and with heavy hearts for our country, and for the men and women
in law enforcement who put their lives on the line for us everyday. I
ask all Alabamians to pray for peace, to pray for justice and pray for
the good in humanity to rise in our great nation.”

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Just released from Huntsville Police:  The Huntsville Police Department is keeping the officers injured and killed in Dallas, as well as their families and the community, in their thoughts and prayers. “This was a tragic and senseless event for the officers as well as the community”, said Chief Mark McMurray. As a show of support all Huntsville Police Officers and Madison County Deputies will drape their badges until 6:00 a.m. Friday July 15, 2016. All other law enforcement agencies are encouraged to do the same to show support for the Dallas area. The Huntsville Police Department will also observe a moment of silence over all HPD radio frequencies today.

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Dallas Ambush Guman Identified
(CNN) — The dead gunman in the Dallas ambush that left five officers dead has been identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told CNN. Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.

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There’s a news  conference scheduled for 11am in Dallas. We plan to stream it live on WHNT.com.

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(AP) — Some Black Lives Matter supporters are condemning the slayings of police in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King says on Twitter that he hates police brutality but doesn’t hate police. He says: “This violence is wrong on every level.”

Center for Media Justice director Malkia Cyril says her “heart hurts for the dead.”

Cyril and King also defended the Black Lives Matter movement.

She writes that it “advocates dignity, justice and freedom, not the murder of cops.” King says anyone blaming Black Lives Matter “is sick.” He says protesters were peaceful and the shootings “terrorized them too.”

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Here’s the full statement from AG Loretta Lynch:

Statement as prepared for delivery

Good morning, and thank you all for being here.

Last night, at least five police officers were shot and killed, and
several more were injured – along with two civilians – as they sought to
protect a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas.  Our thoughts and
condolences go out to the families who have lost loved ones.  The
Department of Justice – including the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service
and U.S. Attorney’s Office – is working closely with our state and local
counterparts, and we intend to provide any assistance we can to
investigate this attack, and to heal a community that has been severely
shaken and deeply scarred by an unfathomable tragedy.  This is an
unfolding situation and we will provide additional information when it
is available and appropriate.

This has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss.  The peaceful protest that was planned in Dallas last night was organized in response to the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.  We have opened a civil rights investigation in Louisiana and we are providing assistance to local authorities in Minnesota who are leading the investigation there.

Today, we are feeling the devastating loss of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and four other fallen officers whose names remain unreleased as we await notification of all the families.

After the events of this week, Americans across the county are feeling a sense of helplessness, of uncertainty and of fear. These feelings are understandable and they are justified. But the answer must not be violence. The answer is never violence.

Rather, the answer must be action: calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined
action. We must continue working to build trust between communities and law enforcement. We must continue working to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law. We must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them. We must reflect on the kind of country we want to build and the kind of society we want to pass on to our children. We must reject the easy impulses of bitterness and rancor and embrace the difficult work of finding a path forward together.

Above all, we must remind ourselves that we are all Americans – and that, as Americans, we share not just a common land, but a common life. Those we have lost this week have come from different neighborhoods and backgrounds – but today, they are mourned by officers and residents, by family and friends – by men and women and children who loved them, who needed them and who will miss them always. They are mourned by all of us.

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. 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 may God bless the United States of America.

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The #BlackLivesMatter march scheduled for tonight has had some schedule changes. It will start at 6:30 at Cleveland & Meridian, go by the veterans memorial, then end at the Fallen Officer’s Memorial in Huntsville. Everyone is invited to attend the march that includes #BLM, Police officers and area clergy.

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(CNN) — Dallas Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa was one of the five police officers killed in the ambush in Dallas, according to social media posts from family members and reports from local media outlets. Zamarripa was a father of two, his family wrote; military records show he was a U.S. Navy veteran who had been deployed to Bahrain as part of the Iraq war effort. His brother Dustin shared a photo on Twitter with the caption: “Love you brother. Couldn’t be prouder. We’ll see you again. #PrayForDallas.”

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(CNN) — The ambush that killed five officers in Dallas was well-planned, Dallas police Chief David Brown said. “Through our investigation of some of the suspects, it’s revealed to us that this was a well-planned, well-thought out, evil tragedy by these suspects. And we won’t rest until we bring everyone involved to justice,” Brown told people gathered Friday at a prayer vigil for the victims.

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(CNN) — Micah Xavier Johnson, identified by law enforcement officials as the dead gunman in the Dallas ambush, had served in the U.S. Army Reserve, two U.S. officials said.

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