Five police officers were murdered and seven more officers and two passers-by were wounded in an ambush in Dallas (TX) last night towards the end of a “Black Lives Matter” protest downtown. Four of the officers killed belonged to the Dallas Police Department, and one was a DART officer.
Three people are in police custody who are believed to have been involved with this ambush, which is the single deadliest loss of life for law enforcement in a terrorist attack since 9/11. A fourth committed suicide rather than be taken into custody.
A volatile “Black Lives Matter” protest rallying against the officer-involved shootings of armed felon Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge (LA) and lawful concealed carrier Philando Castile in Falcon Heights (MN), a suburb of St.Paul, was winding down when at least two terrorists opened fire on officers below them from elevated positions in what appears to be a pre-planned ambush. The attack took place at approximately 9:00 PM.
Speaking from a NATO summit in Poland this morning, President Barack Obama—who has provided support for the Black Lives Matter movement and who has churned up anti-police sentiment from his first days in office—stated rotely, “There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”
My brother in West End says he heard 50 gunshots. Someone he's with says DPD officers carried officer to ambulance. pic.twitter.com/15FOslzAKk
— Allison Harris (@allison__news) July 8, 2016
So far, all information about the three terror suspects in police custody and the terrorist who took his own life rather than surrender has been tightly controlled. We do not know their names, nationalities, races, or exact motivations. We do know that at least two terrorists used semi-automatic rifles in their ambush, and that a widely circulated video of a one-on-one fight between one of the suspects and an unknown police officer suggests that the terrorist’s were well-trained.
— ¡El Sooopèrr! ن c137 (@SooperMexican) July 8, 2016
A large part of downtown Dallas was shutdown this morning, as a 25-block area around the site of the shooting was being treated as a massive crime scene. Only law enforcement is being allowed inside the perimeter.
Much of the hatred towards police that seems to have played a role in the terror attack in Dallas and in other “Black Lives Matter” protests around the nation last night has been driven by intentionally inflammatory and dishonest media narrative building, a fact we highlighted two days ago as the media rushed to craft a victimhood narrative in the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a convicted felon with a long history of criminal violence (including weapons charges and fighting with police) who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge.
We blasted the media’s race-baiting, anti-police narrative of hate that is the blood of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and called out several of those responsible by name.
It’s a sad reality of the news business than stoking anger sells. That’s why Shaun King of the New York Daily News is trying to make Alton Sterling some bizarre cross between JFK and hoodlum Micheal Brown, saying “we’ll all know where we were” when he was shot, and why Goldie Taylor (among others) is selling the fiction that Sterling was “shot down while selling CDs.”
I’m not pretending to know all of what happened in Baton Rouge, but I’m very clear on publishing both what my trained eye can discern, and what I don’t know.
Others, like Shaun King and Goldie Taylor, are making up scenarios on the fly, and some such as MSNBC’s Erik Ortiz, are reporting “facts” that clearly have no basis in reality, like Ortiz’s claim that one of the officers put a gun to “the back of the man’s head or neck,” when the officer is clearly seen holding the handgun tight in against his body per his weapon retention training.
The unnamed terrorists who carried out this coldly-calculated ambush of law enforcement officers will be held account for their crimes.
Whether President Barack Obama, his Department of Justice, and the mainstream media are held to account for their roles in crafting false narratives and ginning up anti-police hate since the justified self-defense shooting of Michael Brown and the deaths of a dozen other violent minority criminals remains to be seen.