July 8, 2016: Dallas Police Massacre: A Metrofocus Special

July 09, 2016 at 5:31 am

It is the worst attack on our nation’s law enforcement since 9/11, the result of 2 police shootings, 2 videos and 2 black men dead. A peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas turned deadly last night when shots were fired in what appeared to be an orchestrated sniper attack. 12 officers were struck, 5 were killed and 2 civilians were wounded. The protest was one of many across the nation, in reaction to two officer involved shootings of African-American men in just two days. Those men were, 37 year old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and 32 year old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The gunman, who died in a standoff with police, was ID’d as a 25 year old Army reservist who had served in Afghanistan. The first of his victims to be identified, was a former U.S. Marine and veteran cop who ironically had trained local police in Iraq and Afghanistan. And while the gunman claimed to have worked alone, police are still investigating possible suspects who may or may not have been complicit. Here in New York, dozens were arrested last night as more protests are expected this evening. We’ll speak with retired NYPD lieutenant Darrin Porcher, Vice President of Stratfor Intelligence and Former State Department special agent Scott Stewart, and Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams to discuss the effects of this tragedy on law enforcement, the black community and the nation. And we’ll go to Dallas for a report by WFAA’s Ron Corning on the latest on the sentiment within the community in the wake of this tragedy.

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