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    Chris Bailey walks by a makeshift memorial on Griffin Street holding a sign that reads, “Everybody Love Everybody” today in Dallas.

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    Law enforcement personnel walk near evidence markers at the scene of the police shootings in Dallas today. Five police officers are dead and several injured following a shooting during what began as a peaceful protest in the city the night before.

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    A crime scene investigator looks a shot out windows after a shooting in downtown Dallas today.

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    This undated photo posted on Facebook on April 30 shows Micah Johnson, who was a suspect in the sniper slayings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. An Army veteran, Johnson tried to take refuge in a parking garage and exchanged gunfire with police, who later killed him with a robot-delivered bomb, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.

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    Investigators walk the scene of a shooting in downtown Dallas today. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.

DALLAS » An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after he fatally shot five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said today.

The man identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson told authorities he was upset about the fatal police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers,” officials said.

He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In all, 12 officers were shot.

In Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, authorities said gun-wielding civilians also shot officers in individual attacks that came after the black men were killed in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two officers were wounded, one critically.

President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked for the public’s prayers. In a letter posted online Friday, Abbott said “every life matters” and urged Texans to come together.

“In the end,” he wrote, “evil always fails.”

Johnson was a private first class from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite with a specialty in carpentry and masonry. He served in the Army Reserve for six years starting in 2009 and did one tour in Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, the military said.

A military lawyer says Johnson was accused of sexual harassment by a female solider when he served in the Army in Afghanistan in May 2014. Lawyer Bradford Glendening, who represented Johnson, said Johnson was sent back to the U.S. with the recommendation he be removed from the Army with an “other than honorable” discharge.

Glendening said Johnson was set to be removed from the Army in September 2014 because of the incident. Instead, Johnson got an honorable discharge the following April — for reasons Gardening doesn’t understand.

After the attack, he tried to take refuge in a parking garage and exchanged gunfire with police, Police Chief David Brown said.

The suspect described his motive during negotiations and said he acted alone and was not affiliated with any groups, Brown said.

Johnson was black. Law enforcement officials didn’t disclose the race of the dead officers.

The bloodshed unfolded just a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was slain in 1963.

The shooting began Thursday evening while hundreds of people were gathered to protest the killings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Brown told reporters that snipers fired “ambush-style” on the officers. Two civilians were also wounded.

Authorities initially blamed multiple “snipers” for Thursday’s attack, and at one point said three suspects were in custody. But by Friday afternoon, all attention focused on Johnson, and state and federal officials said the entire attack appeared to be the work of a single gunman.

With the lone shooter dead, Mayor Mike Rawlings declared that the city was safe and “we can move on to healing.” He said the gunman wore a protective vest and used an AR-15 rifle, a weapon similar to the one fired last month in the attack on an Orlando, Florida, nightclub that killed 49 people.

When the gunfire began, the mayor said, about 20 people in the crowd were carrying rifles and wearing protective equipment. That raised early concerns that they might have been involved. But after conducting interviews, investigators concluded all the shots came from the same attacker.

In Washington, the nation’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, called for calm, saying the recent violence can’t be allowed to “precipitate a new normal.”

Lynch said protesters concerned about killings by police should not be discouraged “by those who use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence.”

The other attacks on police included a Georgia man who authorities said called 911 to report a break-in, then ambushed the officer who came to investigate. That sparked a shootout in which both the officer and suspect were wounded but expected to survive.

In suburban St. Louis, a motorist shot an officer at least once as the officer walked back to his car during a traffic stop, police said. The officer was hospitalized in critical condition.

And in Tennessee, a man accused of shooting indiscriminately at passing cars and police on a highway told investigators he was angry about police violence against African-Americans, authorities said.

Video from the Dallas scene showed protesters marching along a downtown street about half a mile from City Hall when shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover. Officers crouched beside vehicles, armored SWAT team vehicles arrived and a helicopter hovered overhead.

Demonstrations were held in several other U.S. cities Thursday night to protest the police killings of two more black men: A Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child, and the shooting’s aftermath was livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.

The Dallas shootings occurred in an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments only a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, the landmark made famous by the Kennedy assassination.

The scene was chaotic, with officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.

Marcus Carter, 33, was in the area when people started running toward him, yelling about gunshots. Carter said the first shot sounded like a firecracker. But then they proceeded in quick succession, with brief pauses between spurts of gunfire.

“It was breaks in the fire,” he said. “It was a single shot and then after that single shot it was a brief pause. And then it was boom boom boom boom boom! Pause. Boom boom boom boom boom!”

Video posted on social media appeared to show a gunman at ground level exchanging fire with a police officer who was then felled.

The mayor said one of the wounded officers had a bullet go through his leg as three members of his squad were fatally shot around him.

“He felt that people don’t understand the danger of dealing with a protest,” said Rawlings, who spoke to the surviving officer. “And that’s what I learned from this. We care so much about people protesting, and I think it’s their rights. But how we handle it can do a lot of things. One of the things it can do is put our police officers in harm’s way, and we have to be very careful about doing that.”

Few details about the slain officers were immediately available.

Four of the dead were with the Dallas Police Department, a spokesman said. One was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer. The agency said in a statement that 43-year-old officer Brent Thompson, a newlywed whose bride also works for the police force, was the first officer killed in the line of duty since the agency formed a police department in 1989.

“Our hearts are broken,” the statement said.

Theresa Williams said one of the wounded civilians was her sister, 37-year-old Shetamia Taylor, who was shot in the right calf. She threw herself over her four sons, ages 12 to 17, when the shooting began.

Other protests across the U.S. on Thursday were peaceful, including in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia. In Minnesota, where Castile was shot, hundreds of protesters marched in the rain from a vigil to the governor’s official residence.

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Associated Press writers Terry Wallace, Jamie Stengle, Paul Weber, Christine Armario and Emily Schmall in Dallas, and Amy Shafer, Sarah Rankin and Benjamin Dashley in Chicago also contributed to this report.

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    • This brutal massacre of Dallas policemen ~~ by a person who told the hostage negotiator that he hates all white people and especially white policemen ~~ should come as no surprise to anyone.

      The current occupant of the White House wasted no time firing the opening salvo of his seven year, non stop war against police~~especially White police~~when he defamed the entire Cambridge police force on behalf of his pal, Skip Gates.

      With each new escalating event the plan of said occupant to “transform” America comes into increasingly sharp focus. Indeed one may be forgiven for wondering (as many have) if his ultimate goal is to foment a complete breakdown in civil order such that he would claim it necessary to impose martial law and suspend the November elections “for the duration”.

      In any case there can be no doubt the blood of these dead policemen is on his hands. Indeed by a fortuitous circumstance, on the very day this massacre erupted, he was busy blaming nationwide institutional racism of the police for these killings.

        • It would be ridiculous to blame Obama for this but you’d also have to be deaf and blind to not notice that racial tensions have become worse during his presidency. Again, I would not blame only him for this but I definitely feel that he hasn’t done anything to make it better. If anything his immediate responses, before the facts emerge, seem to be to blame white people and cops.

        • I agree racial tensions have become worse during Obama’s Presidency, Republicans have made sure of that. Beginning with Trump and his ridiculous pressing for Obama’s birth certificate before Obama was elected, then the signing with Norquist to obstruct every piece of legislation Obama presents to congress after the election.

        • Remember, when you’re a flunkout of the worst DOE school in the state at age 16, and spend all day watching Fox News and reading Breitbart in your parent’s basement collecting welfare, it’s much easier to blame Obama and everyone else for your poor choices, then take any personal responsibility. It’s Thos’s MO. Blame Obama and others for why he’s a failure at life and refuse to take ANY responsibility.

          Once you understand Thos’s life story, you can understand why he posts what he does. It also explains why he’s wildly misogynistic to the point where he has argued repeatedly that rape isn’t a crime. Total massive rejection by women due to his failure at life has resulted in a raging case of women hating.

        • thos makes sense. So sad that you can not simply state your opinion without degrading those that don’t agree with you. Thin skinned??

        • So sad that you can not simply state your opinion without degrading those that don’t agree with you.

        • Now you understand CheeseBall. You have to acknowledge that Obama is inflaming the animosity in this situation.

        • sarge22, you are in favor of electing a candidate who openly wants to end the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

          Your opinion is not only worthless, but extremely anti-American and intolerable.

        • “Make America Great Again” Mr Trump is doing just fine. It will be tough cleaning up the mess that Obama has created. What are you worried about as you said “hawaiikone, people massively overestimate just how much power the office of the Presidency has.” Everything is under control. Trump 2016

        • Exactly. The blood of these officers were spilled with the help of the NRA and Republicans. When you constantly assault the American public with the idea that guns — and only guns — are the answer to problems of violence. Well, this is what you get. Police gun violence against citizens results in gun violence against police.

        • Time to vote pro-gun politicians out of office and replace them with common sense gun regulation politicians.

        • Texas law allows citizens to carry guns including assault rifles in public. When the shooting started the police could not tell the good guys carrying guns from the shooters creating a chaotic situation, luckily other armed citizens didn’t start shooting their guns too. It’s the Wild Wild West!

        • Sunny, it was not the wild west. Responsible people with guns did not make the situation worse. The man identified as a person of interest immediately reported to the police to clear up the questions. There was nothing but respect and appropriate behavior from others who were armed at the event. The problem was the shooter himself.

      • It is so easy to blame one person for an event that was triggered by criminals that retaliated for a perceived injustice against victims. To say that the perpetrators were inspired by the President is simply absurd. The killer himself said that it was due to those events and he did not even give a passing remark on the President’s initiatives or his past actions (including your assumptions of his attack on the police force). The Dallas incident involved a downed man who was obviously already in a hold position and who was shot point blank with no provocation. This is the very gist of what the perpetrator seems to be pointing to. For you to claim tha this event is the result of the President’s actions is as bad as those who extrapolate that guns kill as a reason for the banning of guns. Although I have nothing against gun ownership, I do have something against mass killing weapons such as the assault rifles and even sniper rifles as the one used in this tragic event. People kill, not guns. But on the same note mass killing weapons are what mass killers want and that is what we are making available to them.

      • Will not disagree with your points about Obama but then you would have to agree as President of the US, Trump would further escalate racial tensions in the US and around the world.

        • That ain’t news. Thos victim blames and argues that rape isn’t a crime.

          Do you really need more than that?

          How about you won’t find anything Thos won’t blame Obama for.

          Thos trips on his own shoes and he blames Obama for it.

    • The police officer who shot the man reaching for his wallet was not white according to Chicago newspapers. He was Asian- American. Anyone can be a racist, including an Asian American, but I really wonder whether it was just an officer with inadequate training who panicked or acted too impulsively. It is scary out there and it is easy to blame an officer for making mistakes. We need to learn more about both police incidents.

      • Allie, how do you know the man was reaching for his wallet and not his gun? He was told by the police officer not to move, but he did so by reaching for something. The incident is still being investigated and the facts are not yet known. Please wait until the investigation is completed all the facts known before jumping to conclusions

    • I listened in awe of the African-American police chief. What a gem. What an intellect! What an inspirational leader. I then thought of poor old inept, mumbling, vacuous anserine distracted Kealoha and realized what a poor choice he was to be chief of anything. The numerous rogue cop incidents out here are more than troubling yet Cladwell is silent about them. Kealoha should have stepped down years ago. His men do nto respect him or trust him as is more and more obvious. The public is increasingly worried and anxious about rogue cop incidents including beatings and criminal activity in the HPD. Still silent Mr. Cladwell? Why?

  • God be with all those who died and those who were wounded. Lord bless America and help us to heal racial division and anger on all sides. I ask also that Trump stop with the racial division games. For him it is all a cynical entertainment. But words have meanings. Just stop.

      • Oh but there definitely is a God. What you allude to is our collective insistence that He leave, and the results are becoming disturbingly obvious..

        • Allie, your affirmation contradicts all the posts that you have made whenever you affirm that there is no hope for places like Waianae. You need to go and retread your book.

        • Allie, your affirmation contradicts all your posts as you say all the tired things you say about Waianae, Nanakuli, Kalihi, etc. your comments say that there is no hope for these areas. Well, if you do believe in God then you do believe that people in those areas believe in God also. And as such they are worth something and they, too, have hope. So to say that these places are “scary” is to say that these places are untouched by God and have no hope. So which is it, Allie?

        • I have a lot of faith in God, but not for those who claim their hate, bigotry, and murder is inspired by God.

        • Mandans believe in God. Lord Jesus is my redeemer. The end times are nigh. And no, I never said Kalihi and Waianae had no hope. I did say, half humorously, that there were some scary events in parts of those communities simply because, well, there are. There are many Native Hawaiin Christians in Waianae. I worshipped in a Assembly of God there 4 times and it was delightful. The church was overflowing with Hawaiians. The newspapers neevr mention the Christian native community here yet it is far, far larger than other groups of Hawaiians. Do the math.

        • The Bible is just one of many religious scriptures. Islamic Koran, Book of Mormon, Hindu Vedas, Jewish Torah, Buddhist Sutras,and different interpretations of Biblical scripture by Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, and not always agreeing

        • MakaniKai, do more than live in Grace and Faith. Everytime we have a mass shooting, the Republicans in Congress and in the rest of the country, pray, take a moment of silence, then do nothing to regulate the mass proliferation of guns throughout this country. Prayer is not enough. ACT

      • Pohaku, Leave God out of it. Men with Guns kill and massacare other men in the Name of God and their religious beliefs. Heard of ISIS, Klu Klux Klan?

        • Brilliant. And it was you who just above said you have “a lot of faith in God”….

        • hawaiikone,
          Prayers are meaningless without love and compassion for your fellow man. All your prayers are not going to bring back all those Dallas policemen, all the Orlando victims, all the blacks shot by police, all the victims of gun violence and ISIS terrorists

        • vector, I’m not sure about all the other beliefs you mentioned earlier, but followers of Christ exhibit the attributes you’re describing, emphasized and supported through a connected prayer life. If you’re actually knowledgable about Jesus and His message, then I’m sure you realize that only when we sincerely follow His example will we truly be able to overcome these challenges we face.

      • All the “little” dividers are on this comment site and many more. They troll everyday to talk about racist and division. What happen to the talk of Texas wanting to leave the Union? Or the fact that it’s a heavy Red state with loose gun laws? Those issues start with the local counties and State itself. What are THEY doing about it?

      • Keonigohan, the racial division started with Trump demanding Obama’s birth certificate before he was elected. Division continued immediately upon Obama’s election when Republicans signed with Norquist to obstruct every piece of legislation Obama presented.

        • “Obama saw a political opportunity to bring up the gun control issue and, regardless of the fact that there are still officers wounded (and) that we don’t even know if gun laws had anything to do with this at all, none of those facts are even out yet, he just senses political opportunities,” Bongino told “Fox & Friends” on Friday.

          “His skin is very thick on this, he doesn’t seem to care and he does it and is really not interested in any backlash at all. It was totally inappropriate but that’s what he does.”

        • true..Obama’sd birth certificate “issue” was largely invented and expanded/promoted by trump. He connected to his base of haters that he so manipulates well that way. He is getting away with a great deal of shibai.

      • keonigohan, the racicism has always been here in Western society. St. Paul in the Bible justifies slavery. Slavery and racism has been practiced and gone on for thousands of years, long before Obama. President Lincoln led our nation away from slavery based on racism. By being President, Obama just made evident the racism and hatred residing in the hearts of many people in this country.

    • Your first couple of sentences were fine, but then you just had to contribute some more to the very problem you claim to lament. You need to pay particular attention to your last sentence…

    • ” I ask also that Trump stop with the racial division games”

      I am not sure what games you are referring to.

      If you are thinking about the “wall” with Mexico, why is trying top stop the flow of drugs a game?
      From what I have seen in documentaries, there are parts of the border where you can just freely walk across.

      If you are talking about illegal immigration, I believe most of it does come from Mexico.
      Not building one with Canada does not seem to be part of a racial game, but common sense.
      Based on statistics from the Homeland Security Yearbook I read that
      “A U.S.-Canada wall would save immigration agents from having to arrest 822 Canadians (compared to 424,978 Mexicans)…”

      If you are talking about the Muslims, I believe that this would be a religious question, not racial.

      • I will spell it out for you and actually it is not “racial division games” Trump is playing he is just an unapologetic racist. When Trump accused the judge who is presiding over his case of ripping off people through his former Trump University as unfair because “he’s a Mexican”, that further validated Trump’s true racist nature. Federal Judge Curiel was born in Indiana and is an AMERICAN not Mexican, however with Trump he cannot get past the color of someone’s skin because ONLY real Americans have white skin and are Caucasian.

        • He may indeed be a racist but he has mastered the art of racial manipulation and racial politics. But Republicans know this game well and have used this, as many political scientists know since the 1960’s to attract the southern white vote. It is wrong.

        • Allie: The old saying is true, Republicans who long to reverse the racial tide that Obama created in his 8 years as president might have won the battle, but lost the war. Most realize there is a faction in the Repub party of frustrated and angry Caucasian Americans who got marginalized under the Obama presidency, which is what actually happened, selfishly wanted a candidate who was unapologetic of reversing this trend using a mindset that is in line with David Duke, KKK and White Supremacists. So Trump used Blitzkrieg media tactics of making nasty personal attacks on his Repub opponents and their families such as “litle Marco”, low energy Jeb”, or “ugly wife” of Ted Cruz that they could not respond except to look stoopid in making similar gutter attacks back at Trump. Impressive Trump got something like 16 million votes across the US. Problem is in order for Trump to win the presidency, he needs something like 45-50 million votes, and there is just not enough angry Caucasian voters who not only want to turn the tide of Obama, they want the US to completely swing back to the time like in WW2 where the President of the US can use prejudice and hysteria to intern, “wall off” or keep out all races in the US just because the color of their skin or their religion. So 16 million voters felt good they got Trump to represent their views but in the end Hillary Clinton will win the presidency, despite her shady character and illegal use of her private email server to hide the truth of her shadiness and incompetence from the public. This is nothing new as a minority group of religious fanatics took over the Hawaii Repub party because their goal was to prevent civil unions, same sex marriages to ever become legal in Hawaii. They selfishly destroyed the Hawaii Repub party and the beginning of the end was when Lingle vetoed civil unions and Aiona as a candidate made decisions based purely on his religion, including making a minister as his lt. governor running mate. It made this group feel good that they put their type of candidate to run for office but in any general election in Hawaii, they were easily defeated because they do NOT truly represent the majority of the public.

  • With the firepower of these assault rifles, those officers didn’t stand a chance. Those rifles are weapons of war designed to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time, so it’s mind boggling the NRA feels they should make these weapons legal for anybody to buy. In places like Texas, pretty much everyone owns one of those killing machines.

        • Yep and although they were semi-auto if you watch the video clips the rate of fire was pretty darn high. this I don’t see where krusha says the guy had a fully automatic weapon so it is you that needs to get your facts straight.

        • Re CheaseBa;;

          Krush stated “Those rifles are weapons of war”

          It is my understanding that the military versions of the weapons, such as the M16. are automatics.

        • Cricket_Amos, but they aren’t actually used that way.

          M-16s burst fire in a three round shot or are used as single shot. The public has this notion of machine gun fire but that’s not how the M-16/M-4 is used for a variety of logistical combat issues. We also have actual machine guns for that. But we also need to recognize that in the hands of a skilled marksmen, an AR-15 is deadly. Ideally, banning high capacity magazines would reduce the damage capacity (honestly, if you need 20 rounds to kill an animal, you should reconsider your caliber choice and perhaps even the notion of you hunting), but that doesn’t address the millions of pre-existing high capacity magazines out on the market and in peoples’ homes.

          And a semi-auto can fire very quickly based on how quickly the user can press the trigger. The downside is that you generally lose accuracy. Thos is as usual, full of **** in his “but mom, they aren’t automatic!!!!” Thos, again in his ignorance has clearly has NEVER fired a firearm in his life. I’ve shot an AR-15 many times. You can clear a 20 round magazine very quickly. There have been times the guy next to me with an AR-15 clears his magazine before I finish off my 5 round magazine because he’s not really aiming.

      • He didn’t use the word “automatic” anywhere in his post. You don’t deny this was an assault rifle, do you? Did you hear the rate of fire? It sure wasn’t a bolt action Enfield.

        • Much is said about wether the AR-15 is considered an assault rifle or not.Someone once posted that the weapon is a “very ordinary weapon”. That might be true to some extent.What most people do not realize is that it is not the weapon that is so devastating,but the cartridge. The AR 15 uses the same round as the M-16(5.56X45 NATO cartridge)The weapon has a muzzle velocity of 3400 FPS.Because of it’s small size and speed,when the round enters the body it has a tumbling effect and causes massive internal damage From the wounds I had witnessed on enemy bodies in Vietnam,it was not unusual to see,for example an entry wound in the shoulder and the exit wound at the man’s rear end. I was wounded by a Russian made SKS semi-auto rifle.The SKS uses a 7.62×39 cartridge with a muzzle velocity of 2400 FPS. The round entered and exited through my shoulder.Fortunately it did not hit any vital organs or bone.I was hospitalized for 3 weeks and back in the jungle 3 weeks after that.It was considered a minor wound.Not so if I was shot by an M-16 rifle.

        • Yes, Kapena, the 5.56 X 45 NATO round is nasty and at 45 grains even with all of that velocity the recoil will be nothing to speak of. The AR-15 also has geometry working for it with its almost straight line between muzzle and buttstock minimizing muzzle rise — as opposed to a more conventionally put together mini-14. Add a really well-angled pistol grip and you have all the proof you need that all semi-autos are not created equal.

      • thos, parsing words about assault weapons, does not make them any less deadly as rapidly firing weapons, that mass murderers find convenient to use

    • thos is just ranting. Does this everyday. Small things,big things,whatever, it’s his vent. The same media that let’s him do this is the same media that shows “live” shootings,criminal acts, police action and really dumb stuff. Maybe this is what causing all the ruckus? All this raw footage and anger.

      • thos makes perfect sense. The same media also allows you to post your lame comments. Obama’s comment that the punk Trayvon could have been my son also might apply to the Dallas shooter. The great divider at work.

      • Thos blames Obama for literally everything that has ever gone wrong. Thos was late for the bus because he took too long on the toilet. Blames Obama. Thos stubbed his toe. Blames Obama. Thos stopped to take a look at the mochi at the store and thus waste late to the sale items and they ran out. Blames Obama. But that’s really not surprising from a victim blaming trodolgyte that openly believes that rape isn’t a crime.

        There is literally nothing Thos will not blame Obama for. And you’ll notice that Thos, never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever provides any alternative realistic solution. You could offer Thos $10 billion dollars for a realistic solution to anything he blames Obama for and Thos would turn the money down because he CANNOT ever offer a solution.

        That’s the problem when you flunk out of the worst DOE school in the state at age 16, give up on life and sit in your parent’s basement watching Fox news and reading Breitbart all day blaming others for your poor choices in life.

        • Well, obviously thos’ more extreme assertions provoke challenge, as designed, but more to the point, do you consider Obama entirely free of any and all responsibility for the atmosphere exacerbating this and similar tragedies?

        • choyd–So sad that you can not simply state your opinion without degrading those that don’t agree with you. Did you go to the same schools as the loser you are constantly defending? The Great Divider.

        • “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Why is that?

          choyd–So sad that you can not simply state your opinion without degrading those that don’t agree with you. Did you go to the same schools as the loser you are constantly defending? The Great Divider.

        • hawaiikone, people massively overestimate just how much power the office of the Presidency has.

          Do I think that Obama can actually influence the atmosphere? Nope. Because most people aren’t mindless sheep and will come to their own beliefs regardless of what the person who sits in the oval office largely says. Has Obama told people to go out and shoot cops? No. Has he lamented the violence both ways? Yes. Did I think Bush contributed towards racial issues? Nope. He was just incompetent during Katrina, which amusingly, sizable portions of southern White America blame Obama for. Goes to show just how incredibly incompetent people are in parts of the country. They cannot even understand linear time. Feeds into Thos’s incessant need to blame Obama for literally everything. There’s a roach in Thos’s basement. Blame Obama. Thos is the poster child for uneducated fools who refuse to take ANY responsibility for anything and blame Obama for everything that’s gone wrong in their lives.

          People like Thos ignore that we had serious racial discrepancies in police killings for DECADES. This isn’t new. What is new is the 24/7 news cycle.

        • Therefore, in light of your explanation, which again quickly diverted towards thos, you feel Obama isn’t responsible in any degree, however minor, for the racial unrest, however manifested?

        • hawaiikone, until the President gains some sort of mind control, or engages in overtly anti-police activities, then no.

          There is ione caveat to that. The militarization of the police is not helping race relations. And to a degree, Obama and Bush are responsible in that they advocated for, but hardly in the way that victim blaming rapists like Thos rambling about.

        • sarge22, point out where I’m wrong.

          And you hate America. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be cheerleading a candidate who wants to burn the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

          Move to Russia or Iran where you can indulge your authoritarian views of oppression.

        • hawaiikone: with respect, a large part of the president’s “contribution” to a worsening racial divide is a product of many of his critics’ racism, not his own.

          Also, as the elected leader of this country there really isn’t an avenue of blame – for anything – that could not be made to lead to him.

        • “Make America Great Again” Mr Trump is doing just fine. It will be tough cleaning up the mess that Obama has created. What are you worried about as you said “hawaiikone, people massively overestimate just how much power the office of the Presidency has.” Everything is under control. Trump 2016

        • choyd and tiger, I understand how disturbing it is to constantly hear Obama being blamed for anything and everything, and have always tried to maintain an objective attitude towards his presidency. I do believe, with respect to his influence on racial issues, he has done a reasonable job except possibly for a couple of inappropriate comments and actions. He is a our first black president, and a very smart man. I’m confident he, as well as you and I, realize that many variables make a difference when addressing audiences. Reasonable people, regardless of color, have the ability to hear what’s being said, and have little reason to inject anything else. However, a president has the largest audience of all, and that includes a huge number of not very reasonable people, with motives they’re anxious to justify by reading into words what may never have been intended. Obama, in light of this foreseeable scenario, in my opinion, should have leaned more to patient waiting for facts to thoroughly evolve before addressing them in general statements. Obviously, as our leader, he’s also faced with an expectant nation eager for information. A delicate walk to navigate through, and arguably he may have done the best that he could, but the racial divide we’re experiencing now may have been mitigated somewhat by a more tempered approach.

    • Krusha, people like you are ignorant. all semi autos, rifles and pistols are designed to shoot bullets one at a time with each pull of the trigger. can they kill a lot of people in a short amount of time? sure, if that is what some nut or terrorist wants to do. so what is your resolution to this problem? ban all sales of semi auto rifles, and then ban sales of semi auto pistols? there are hundreds of millions of semi autos out there. shall we then make it illegal to own a semi auto, rifle or pistol? Hillary would. fine. some people would turn their guns in. many would not. who would come to get them? how about anti gunners like you be tasked with collecting guns from people who don’t want to turn them in? i would love people like you coming to my house to confiscate my gun. but people like you only talk and hide behind those corrupt democratic politicians. cars kill thousands more people every year than guns. cars are the real killing machines.

      • You ignore the problem of high-capacity magazines, which this shooter clearly was using. I suspect this neglect is intentional on your part, since these magazines are so clearly unnecessary for any reasonable civilian use.

        • We should also note that any long barrel rifle is a terrible home defense weapon. There is a reason why the army is moving towards M4s as the shortened barrel is much better in closer quarters and city fighting. And a 20 round magazine for hunting suggests a shooter has bad aim. A single bolt action .30-06 should be all a good hunter really needs.

          I’m still partial to the baseball bat though. I really don’t want to have someone die on my floor, and a baseball bat ambush with clotheslining and then either a kneecap or shin hit will put an intruder down without killing them.

        • My 12 gauge is made for killing birds.
          My H&H 375 is made for dangerous game.

          I would argue that an AR15 is a great home defense weapon, if you get them after they scale your wall and before the door is breached. If the door is breached, I’ll go with the Glock.

      • I didn’t see any “resolution to the problem” in your post either. Are you trying to say that you can’t think of one so forget about it?

    • Well if you’re only influence is the first 10 minutes of the evening news then I can see why you believe that. Do you also think crime is rampant compared to the 80s and 90s? You long for the “good ole days”? If yes, I can see why you believe what you do.

      • I never said anything about “The Good Ole Days”. What I was referring to was the way you see 2 factions going after each other based on what they represent and not their race! Also known as a “Civil War” Hope you can figure that one out!!

        • Yes you never mentioned the “good ole days” but based on your post I made an assumption that you think things were better in the recent past. Civil War? Do you even know what a war is? Most people think of war as a massive conflict with thousands upon thousands of deaths a year. To describe any sort of conflict as a “war” so it suits your agenda is inaccurate to say the least. Yes there’s conflict, but there has ALWAYS been conflict in society. We aren’t anywhere close to a “civil war”.

      • I suggest you look up the meaning of “Civil War” or I’ll make it easier, just look up the meaning of WAR. You might be surprised that there is NO set number to have a war! And one should NEVER assume anything. How you got that I compared anything to recent past is also a total lack of intelligence on your part!

        • Oh, please don’t tell people to look words up that you obviously did not.

          As for admonishing people for making assumptions. Geez, you basically started by holding up a “The end is nigh!” sign and now are demanding that people respond with respect due a scholarly work.

        • Did you look it up tiger eye??? I really don’t care what you or anyone else writes here! I never said that the end is nigh as you stated. If you had the common sense to figure out what civil and war meant then maybe you’d understand my original post. Again it makes no difference to me wether you jump on Morimotos bandwagon or anyone else’s. For all we know you may be the same person. So go on your merry way and take time to look it up while your there too!!!!!

  • Nowhere in the article does it identify the race of the deceased officers, only that the suspect wanted to kill whites.
    Well, WHAT WAS THE DEAD OFFICERS’ RACE? Or are we supposed to put it together ourselves because the media lacks the courage to report the truth because it reflects badly on black folks?

    • Or maybe they’re just waiting for confirmation so erroneous information isn’t put out. Do you really think there won’t be pictures all over the news of the dead officers in the coming days? Nothing to do with courage, everything to do with available information. People like you just like to make something out of nothing. How about the media reporting that the suspect “wanted to kill whites”. I would think that would “reflect badly on black folks”. Selective reasoning at its finest.

      • There are two war fronts facing the US, one external and the other internal. From the outside Islamic terrorists originating from the Middle East trying to kill ALL Americans in the US and around the world, Israelis and other non-Muslims and an internal race war expanding in the US where individuals or ‘lone wolves’, including this one who was ex-US military who had the training and skills to kill many people, including this sniper who knew exactly where to setup for maximum lethality against police officers and had the skills and capability to kill his targets from long range which not anyone can do, even if they purchased the same high powered rifle. Not only is this situation so scary that we have a frustrated ex African American US serviceman using his military skills and training to kill Caucasian police officers, police responded by killing him by sending in a robot to deliver and detonate a bomb to kill the sniper while pretending to be “negotiating” with him. This is only going to get worse before it gets better.

        • Yes we’re always at “war”. The world’s a scary place but really I feel a lot safer than if this were the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. But don’t let statistics and other facts influence you. It’s all about “feelings, anecdotal evidence, rumors, social media, and hairs on the back of your neck” that we should base our opinions on.

        • Absolutely right. Lots of trained frustrated guys coming home-listening to politicians promising change, themselves liars and cheats-both party’s. This guy apparently aligned himself up with the Black panthers AKA Black Gorilla Party brining back the 1970s attack on the “establishment”. Morimoto is right, crime statistics are down BUT the content of violence is worse. They used a robot to blow the guy up. They did the same thing at WACO, only put the device on the barrel end of an armored vehicle. Now we can use a robot….same thing EOD guys did in Iraq and Afghanistan to disarm a threat. Same way drones kill terrorist. Tactics used both on the international front and now at home for an internal threat.

        • @pohaku, and how do you know the “content” of violence is worse? That’s so subjective anyone can twist it to suit their agenda. It’s not only crime in the US that’s down, but measureable violence worldwide is at some of its lowest levels in 2000 years. You think ISIS is bad? Yes they are but everything is relative. Remember 2000 years ago, or even 50 years ago we didn’t have the all invasive media presence we have now.

        • ISIS has killed more Muslims than any other group. The explosions in Baghdad which killed scores of Shiites reminds us of that.

  • OK NRA– did those demonstrators carrying assault rifles and pistols under Texas law help the police? No– they did not. It only confused the police who started arresting people with rifles(eventually let them go). None started firing luckily or true chaos would have ensued w police shooting at these guys and the guys carrying under Texas law. Hard for police to spot shooter with people in the crowd carrying rifles.

    • People with an agenda will always be able to find situations that support their cause. You found yours, and I’m sure more pro-gun people can find situations that support their stance. Not taking sides here but I think a lot of this boils down to whether one thinks citizens have a right to possess firearms per the Constitution, not on whether one thinks it’s better or worse for public safety if citizens can possess firearms.

      • It’s still totally screwed up how a black man got effectively executed for a tail-light out and having a legal right to have a firearm. I’m far less sympathetic towards the other case for a variety of issues, but seriously, Mr. Castile was extra judicially murdered.

        Maybe the gun nuts are right. Maybe certain black people need firearms to fight an oppressive regime? A broken tail-light and licensed firearm are not grounds for execution.

  • The Police seem to have given this case short shrift, so they could just close it. But they didn’t even question the sole suspect because they blew him up. They need to continue investigating this matter. Justice requires it!

    • Only if you have no capacity to search. On Google. Like 3 year olds can.

      The Dallas protesters organizers came out condemning the violence.

      You must have been the weakest group member in school given your complete inability to do any research. I pity every classmate of yours who had to carry all of the work you just couldn’t do.

    • Just as you are conspicuously absent from beneath stories about shooters of a different race. What do you want, an apology? Maybe people should demand one from you next time.

  • STOP! All you sickos using this tragedy for your own political grandstanding (both right and left) need to be humans who act better than the cowardly, deranged animals who commit these crimes while justifying their acts in their deranged minds. Same like you sickos who justify your own political and ideological perversions – you’re no better than the murderers.

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