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08 July, 2016

Chaos in Dallas

Update:

Five Dallas police officers have been killed and six wounded by gunmen during protests against the shooting of black men by police, authorities say.

Three people are in custody and one man who was in a stand-off with police shot himself dead, US media have reported. Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators marched through the city.

The protests came after this week's deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. The Dallas attack marks the deadliest day for US law enforcement officers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

President Barack Obama, who is visiting Poland, said it was a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement". He said the entire city of Dallas was grieving and the "tight-knit US police community feels this loss to their core".


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36742835

Four Dallas police officers have been killed and seven wounded by sniper fire during protests against the shooting of black men by police, authorities say. Police are in a standoff with one armed man in a garage. Three other people have been detained. Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators marched through the city. The protests were sparked by the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

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The Dallas protests were among several held across the US over the police use of lethal force against African Americans. Philando Castile was shot dead at a traffic stop in St Paul, Minnesota , on Wednesday, while Alton Sterling was killed by police a day earlier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both incidents were captured on video, reigniting what has become a national debate.

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As large protests grew in cities such as New York City and Minneapolis, a similar demonstration in Dallas appeared to be proceeding peacefully and in good spirits. Police estimated that about 800 protesters and 100 officers were present. At 7:12pm local time, officers were posing for photographs with demonstrators.

Police and witnesses said that at 8:58pm, however, shots rang out.

Video footage captured by local television cameras and witnesses on social media showed at least one officer on the ground. Protesters were seen fleeing through the streets of downtown Dallas screaming as multiple shots rang out in quick succession.

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The deaths of the officers were the first fatal shootings of law enforcement around demonstrations since unrest spread across the US after the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

Two officers were wounded by gunfire while guarding the Ferguson police headquarters during a protest in March last year. A 20-year-old man was charged with crimes including first-degree assault and has pleaded not guilty.

In December 2014 two New York police officers were killed in an ambush-style attack by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who then killed himself. Before the shooting Brinsley, who had mental health problems, had mentioned on social media high-profile cases of black men being killed by police.

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