I woke up this morning with the following story on my phone, courtesy of AT&T Live (Yahoo News)…
Dallas suspect exchanges words, shots with police: ‘The end is coming’ Live…
Four officers have been killed and at least seven more injured in a hail of gunfire during a demonstration organized to protest this week’s police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, Dallas police confirm.
Police Chief David Brown said at least two snipers ambushed law enforcement from an elevated position, striking 10 officers and a civilian.
SWAT officers continued to exchange gunfire early Friday with a suspect who was holed up in a downtown parking garage. The assailant, the chief said, is being very uncooperative.
“He has told our negotiators that the end is coming and he’s going to hurt and kill more of us — and that there are bombs all over the place in this garage and in downtown,” Brown said.The chief said a woman and two men are in custody and being questioned for their possible involvement in the attack.
“We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects,” Brown said during a 12:30 a.m. news conference.
Earlier in the evening, police published a photo of a gun-toting man on social media. They later said the man had turned himself in, but it remained unclear early Friday if he has any connection to the rampage.
This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!pic.twitter.com/Na5T8ZxSz6
— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Friends and family told reporters that the man in the photos is Mark Hughes. Despite carrying an assault-style rifle during the march (which is legal in Texas), the man’s relatives were adamant that he was not involved in the shooting.
Bystanders reported hearing dozens of shots fired near City Hall about 9 p.m. local time. The gunfire terrified hundreds of demonstrators, sending them running for cover.
Video from a protestor as the shooting began. Jesus. Disturbing content. #Dallas#DallasPoliceShootingpic.twitter.com/yhPTI9KC2g
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84)July 8, 2016
Some witnesses said the shooter or shooters ambushed officers from a multi-story parking garage.
“The cops had no idea who was shooting at them,” Jamal Johnson told KTVT-TV in Dallas. “Everyone knew it wasn’t a firework — it was an actual shot.”
The shooting broke out just hours after President Obama — reacting to the shootings deaths of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week —posted an emphatic message on Facebookcalling upon all Americans to confront persistent racial disparities between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“To admit we’ve got a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day,” he wrote. “It is to say that, as a nation, we can and must do better to institute the best practices that reduce the appearance or reality of racial bias in law enforcement.”
Ever since Obama got into office, instead of words of unity and cohesiveness, such as Ronald Reagan spoke as president, all I have heard from him is the Rhetoric of Racial Division and Class Warfare.
It reminded me of all the historical conflicts which I used to read about, during the course in college which I took, titled “The Rhetoric of Social Protest“.
Karl Marx knew long ago that all you needed to do to touch the heart of the common man was to convince him of a shared struggle.
Vladimir Lenin took this a step further, by using the concept of a shared struggle to convince the Bolsheviks to help him overthrow the Czar of Russia and murder him and his family during the Russian Revolution.
Forgive me for stating the obvious, but fiery rhetoric spoken by a national leader and his “New Bolsheviks” have consequences.
President Barack Hussein Obama is as responsible for what happened in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, and which is now happening, once again, in cities across America, as any thug wannabe in those cities.
The blood of those 11 officers shot last night, including the five who have passed away, so far, from the bullets of those snipers, is on his hands.
However, he is not alone in his responsibility.
Also responsible are the black political leaders, who make their living and get their 15 minutes of fame by exacerbating racially-divided situations. Their silence speaks volumes.
For example, the Mayor of Baltimore, who purposely gave carte blanche to the rioters to destroy her city by ordering the police to stand down, she, like the Roman Emperor Nero, lit the match that set her kingdom ablaze.
If Black Lives truly do matter, it is the black community who are going to have to save themselves.
With a nationwide illegitimate birth rate of 74%, black Americans, with help from Uncle Sugar, have succeeded in tearing apart the very thing that kept them safe and strong for decades: the Black Family Unit.
Additionally, the Black-on-Black Homicide Rate is astronomical.
Until that Sacred Foundation, which taught individual responsibility to generations of black Americans, is restored, the violence and disrespect for others will continue.
I remember, as a 9 year old in Memphis, Tennessee, watching my parents’ black and white television as the National Guard was called into action on the night that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
I remember after that Civil Defense Announcement that President Lyndon Johnson come on national television to make the announcement of Dr. King’s death. I remember a feeling of helplessness and of fear, as a nine-year-old, that I had not felt before.
It wasn’t just the fact that we were living in Midtown Memphis, that made me afraid.
It wasn’t just the fact of the out-of-control violence itself, that caused my consternation.
It was watching my beloved Hometown on the verge of going up in flames.
And now, 48 years later, Memphis is one of the Most Dangerous Cities in America, as ranked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and has borne witness to a record number of homicides so far the year, the overwhelming majority of which were black Memphians killing one another.
Words can hurt or words can heal.
A President who was supposed to bridge the Racial Divide in this nation…has, instead, widened it.
And, with every divisive word he and the political activists whom he champions speak, the chasm of Racial Divisiveness, which has created a gaping hole in the fabric of American Society, grows wider.
Words mean things.
In this case, it meant that 11 of Dallas’s Finest, were marked for execution by a cowardly bunch of snipers.
Until He Comes,