Tragic Night in Dallas Results in 5 Officers Slain

Tragic Night in Dallas Results in 5 Officers Slain

CNN -- At least 10 police officers were shot by snipers during the protests, Dallas police Chief David Brown said.

-- Brown said it's unclear how many suspects were involved, but three people are in custody.

-- Police negotiated and exchanged gunfire with a suspect for hours at a parking garage in downtown Dallas. That suspect is dead, a law enforcement official told CNN. The official did not say how the suspect died.

-- "The suspect told our negotiators that the end is coming," Brown said. The suspect at the garage also told negotiators more officers were going to get hurt, and that bombs had been planted all over downtown.

-- Police found no explosives during primary and secondary sweeps of the area, Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said Friday morning on Twitter.

Photos: Officers shot during Dallas protest

-- Two of the shooters were snipers who fired "ambush-style" from an "elevated position," Brown said.

-- Officers killed include one officer with DART, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency, which operates buses and commuter rail in the city and surrounding suburbs.

-- DART identified the officer killed as Brent Thompson, 43. He joined the transit agency in 2009, and was its first officer killed in the line of duty, DART tweeted.

-- Thompson got married two weeks ago to a fellow transit officer, DART police Chief James Spiller told CNN's "New Day" on Friday.

-- Witness Ismael Dejesus said he filmed a shooter from his hotel balcony about 50 yards away. He described the gunman as carrying a weapon with a "pretty big magazine."

-- Retired FBI Special Agent Steve Moore said an attack of that magnitude required advance work.

-- "This was an attack planned long before -- waiting for an opportunity to go," Moore said. "I think there was so much logistically, ammunition-wise. They may not have planned the location, they may not have planned the vantage point. But they had prepared for an attack before last night's shooting is my guess."

-- President Barack Obama, who is in Warsaw, Poland, said his team is keeping him updated. "We still don't know all the facts, we do know there's been a vicious, calculated and despicable act on law enforcement," Obama said. "I believe I speak for every American when I say we are horrified."

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Enough is enough. When will this violence come to a halt? 

I don't think enough people realize the extent to which these terrible, but isolated, incidents of black people slain by police officers are magnified by the media. While some are more unjust than others, I'll admit that it is an absolute shame that these events occur.

However...

You'd be silly to not at least try to put yourself in these officers' shoes. They try to protect us the best that they can, and often times life or death decisions must be made in the blink of an eye. We could sit here and play the numbers game between how many blacks have killed cops, and cops have killed blacks all day long. The point is moot. We all bleed red, and this violence MUST come to an end NOW. 

No more media propaganda. No more bullshit. Just results. 

Have a look at what occurred in Dallas last night because it should sicken you.

And then there's this... 

Heartbreaking, all of it. 

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