BREAKING: 5 cops dead, 12 cops shot in Dallas by snipers at anti-violence rally

Around 10pm tonight, during a peaceful anti-violence rally in Dallas, gunshots rang out.

11 police officers have been shot, 4 are dead.

UPDATE 10:34am ET: 12 officers have been injured, 5 are now dead. The police apparently took out the one suspect, holed up in a parking garage, by using a bomb defusing robot to carry a bomb to the shooter, and then blowing him up.

UPDATE, 1:38am Eastern Time: Police are in “negotiations” with a suspect in a garage. The Dallas police have been exchanging gunfire with the suspect. He has told law enforcement that he will kill more of them, and that he has set bombs all over Dallas. They also have a woman in custody. And have stopped a Mercedes containing two suspects who had camouflaged bags — they are in custody. The Dallas PD does not have a complete comfort level that they have all of the suspects. The chief says there may have been four people working together, coordinating their rifle fire. 

The chief makes it sound like this had been planned in advance. But this anti-violence rally likely came up out of nowhere, following the two deaths of African-American men at the hands of police in the past two days. So, it’s difficult to believe they had that much time to plan to attack this particular rally.

Along those lines:

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Video of the first shots:

More background:

There were reportedly multiple gunmen using assault weapons. The gunmen are being described as “snipers.” Two suspects are in custody.

More from the Dallas Police Department:

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In other news, former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh thought it would be a good time to threaten the life of the President:

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Interestingly, the Dallas Police were live-tweeting the anti-violence rally, and just four hours ago posted a really neat photo of two cops posing with a protester, all of them smiling:

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Some tweets:

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14 Responses to “BREAKING: 5 cops dead, 12 cops shot in Dallas by snipers at anti-violence rally”

  1. Dylan Robnett says:

    You still think this is about guns? A man was driven to violence by the false belief that the greatest threat to black men is law enforcement. In truth, police brutality does exist but it is rare. When it is suspected, officers should be charged and, if found guilty, they should be severely punished. But it is far down the list of causes for black lives being extinguished. The leading cause of unnatural death for young black men remains homicide by other young black men. This is where Black Lives Matter activists should be focusing their attention, but that might lead to stronger police presence in the inner cities and a view of law enforcement as a partner in defending young men and keeping the peace.

    For decades, the left has been sowing the seeds of outrage and racial tension to push a political agenda and it should be no surprise that we have found ourselves here.

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  5. Immir says:

    To todays GOP, it looks like the only “real Americans” are white Republicans.

  6. Immir says:

    Don’t worry, the GOP will offer their “hopes and prayers” while stuffing more NRA money in their pockets.

  7. Immir says:

    The only answer to gun violence for the NRA and gun nuts in America is more guns. Hope you Republican politicians enjoy your blood soaked bribes.

  8. Phil in FLL says:

    Even before this, I think many police departments have been deeply suspicious of if not hostile toward the NRA-inspired worship of assault rifles and their proliferation. It’s time for those in law enforcement to join the majority of Americans in opposition to the NRA and demand a ban on weapons of war.

  9. goulo says:

    That Joe Walsh tweet is bizarrely idiotic demagoguery and irresponsibly inflammatory. I noticed that NY Daily News dissed him: “Amid the
    bloodshed, nationwide protests, shock and heartbreak, some people showed
    that they just didn’t get it.”

    PS: Interesting tangential story about it:
    It turns out that walking around in camouflage with a rifle in support of second amendment rights can be rather inconvenient if a mass shooting unfortunately happens.

  10. Rational says:

    And the school year hasn’t even started with open and conceal carry on campus’s.
    Nothing like a group of people with hormones a pumping running around and with guns.
    Gee where were all those good guys with guns who were suppose to be a deterrent to this in the capial of ammosexuals.

  11. How many times does this need to happen?

  12. Blogvader says:

    Saw this on twitter:


    Naomi Barton

    Really fucking tired of the weekly cry-fest on Twitter for Americans who
    won’t stop fucking shooting each other. NOTHING will change.


    As insensitive as that tweet may be, she’s not wrong.

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