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VIDEO REPLAY: President Obama at Interfaith Service for Fallen Dallas Officers

Watch as President Obama delivers remarks at an interfaith memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community.

Click here for the President’s Full Remarks

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On the night of July 7, 2016, a lone gunman targeted the police in Dallas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest. At least eleven officers were shot, five were killed, and others were injured — including two civilians. As Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings reported, the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas … Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.”

President Obama

Dan Patrick Blames Black Lives Matter Movement for Dallas Shooting

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick joined a handful of other Texas Republican officials Friday in blaming former Black Lives Matter protests for the shooting in Dallas Thursday night that left at least five police officers dead.

“I do blame people on social media with their hatred towards police,” Patrick said during an interview on Fox News on Friday. He added that, despite the “peaceful” nature of last nights protests, he blames former Black Lives Matter events for the incident.

He also blames protesters at the event critical of law enforcement for expecting protection from them when shots were fired.

dpqt“All those protesters last night, they ran the other way, expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them,” Patrick said. “What hypocrites!”

Patrick wasn’t the only Texas Republican to link the Black Lives Matter movement to the shooting in Dallas on Friday. State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, tweeted similar allegations.

“Clearly the rhetoric of Black Lives Matters encouraged the sniper that shot Dallas police officers,” he wrote.

In a separate tweet, he said the “hands up, don’t shoot” rhetoric often used in Black Lives Matter events “is a lie” the media needs to dispel.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, also pointed to the movement as a source of tension during an appearance on Fox Business and said President Obama has been “divisive” in his handling of tensions between African-Americans and law enforcement.

“He always comes out against the cops, but then he would usually be wrong,” Gohmert said. “This administration has supported Black Lives Matter, as even as its leaders have called out for killing cops.”

Such rhetoric appeared at odds with a message of unity that Republican Gov. Greg Abbottpushed Friday.

“In the coming days, there will be those who foment distrust and fan the flames of dissension,” he wrote in an open letter first published by The Dallas Morning News. “To come together – that would be the greatest rebuke to those who seek to tear us apart.”

Organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement quickly condemned the Dallas shooting and took issue with efforts to blame the movement on it.

“Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it,” the group wrote in a statement Friday. “Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly quoted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s criticism of protesters in Dallas. What he actually said was “What hypocrites!”

For more on this story, see President Obama’s remarks on the Dallas police shooting, how Dallas police used a robot to kill a suspect for the first time in the U.S., and how some say Dallas police and community relations were improving before Thursday’s attack.

Author:  – The Texas Tribune

Abby Livingston and Jim Malewitz contributed to this report.

Analysis: Texas Leaders Have Lesson to Learn from Dallas Attacks

As news of Thursday night’s attack on Dallas police poured in over social and traditional media, lots of people ran to their ideological corners, trying to fit the developing tragedy into preexisting ideas about race, police, guns, mental health, politics and culture.

That reaction felt wildly inappropriate — and inadequate.

“We don’t feel much support most days,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a news briefing Friday morning. “Let’s don’t make today most days. We need your support.”

Save the hashtags for later. The attack had the strange effect of putting law enforcement and protesters against police violence on the same side.

What had by all accounts been a peaceful protest, one prompted by questionable police shootings of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, ended when snipers began shooting at people in uniform, killing at least five of them and injuring seven more.

Police ran toward the trouble as the crowd ran away from it.

The anger that prompted the protest rapidly gave way to common cause. Dallas police have, by many accounts, done a laudable job of narrowing the divide between them and their community. It’s still a divide, but they’ve made progress. Their city and their state rallied around them with waves of sympathy and support.

The attacks redrew the battle lines, reconfiguring the “us” and “them” into everyone vs. the attackers. Police and public started the night on opposite sides, and ended it together.

Political people need to feed their storylines, and they’ve already started, if gently. U.S. Rep.Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, took this tack on Twitter Friday morning: “We will not tolerate violence against police. We must stand behind our police department and the communities they protect.” And he had a response within ten minutes from state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass: “Let’s not tolerate it against anybody. That is best way to honor memory of the fallen. Protect life.”

They’re both right. Neither of them is likely to disagree with what the other said. But in politics, there’s an urge to protect your position, to distinguish what you’re saying from what they’re saying on the other side — to argue.

Sessions and Nevárez are hardly the only pols talking about the attacks and the underlying protests. They’re both being civil while other voices — official ones and unofficial ones — are striking more militant tones.rrQT

The police who were being protested in Dallas on Thursday were busy and numerous, talking to the protesters, probably having some tense conversations but also showing up in selfies posted online by the people on the streets of downtown Dallas.

They were disagreeing, agreeably. They still have legitimate and very serious beefs with each other. Thursday night didn’t erase those. The problems they confront are real and deeply emotional matters of life and death. The arguments are charged with anger and pain and a perplexing mix of conflicting ideas.

This is hard, and important. We live in a split society with different rules based on color and culture and with citizens and police circling each other in fear. It’s a defining time that recalls, in many ways, the protests 50 years ago over civil rights and the wars in Southeast Asia.

Most of us run from those issues, back to our pat answers about politics, race, religion, class, culture — whatever floats our individual boats. Our self-selected social media neighborhoods are segregated along those lines. We don’t have to look at anything we don’t want to consider. Empathy is neither enforced nor encouraged.

Thursday night had its good moments, too. We’ll hear stories, gradually, of courage and kindness and love, of people taking care of each other without pausing to look for their differences. We’ll think of all of those people in uniform running into trouble to protect those who were running for their lives. Maybe we’ll come to believe, day to day, that we’re on the same side.

“All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Brown said Friday.

The police have a lot of work to do. Trust doesn’t come easily. They’ll fail unless they have real help from community leaders — in politics, government, business and religion.

In their realms, those leaders must do what the police courageously did on Thursday night in Dallas: Somebody has to run toward the trouble.

For more on this story, learn more about how Dallas police used a robot to kill a suspect for the first time in the U.S., how Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Texas lawmakers are blaming Black Lives Matter for the shooting, and how some say Dallas police and community relations were improving before Thursday’s attack.

Author:  – The Texas Tribune

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