Dallas Police Massacre Aftermath
The city of Dallas is trying to come together and heal after the deadly shootings of five police officers Thursday night. Interfaith church services were held all over the city, with community leaders calling for an end to the bloodshed.
However, many are fighting to make sure those deaths do not overshadow the two men killed at the hands of police officers: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Protests have continued all weekend, with demonstrators demanding justice.
Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will be in Dallas. He along with former President George W. Bush will speak at a memorial for the officers killed during Thursday night’s protest.
On Sunday, the President spoke again about the shootings. During his address, Mr. Obama defended both the Black Lives Matter Movement and defending the police, saying both sides need to listen to each other.
Black Lives Matter Protest Spread Across The Nation
Over the weekend, protesters clogged roadways and bridges demanding justice for Castile and Sterling.
There were protests in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where the Castile shooting happened and in Baton Rouge Louisiana where Sterling was killed, plus Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, Las Vegas and even London.
Many of the protesters clashed with police leading to hundreds of arrests. In Baton Rogue, heavily-armed swat units attended the protest to keep the peace.
But soon, protesters began tussling with officers and hundreds were arrested.
Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson was among those arrested on Saturday and was released on Sunday. Mckesson was charged with obstructing a highway. The 31-year-old says the protesters were peaceful and the officers are the ones who provoked them.
Louisiana’s governor is condemning the violence, saying the main agitators are not from the state. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, the chairman of the Congressional Black caucus, is calling out the GOP for not doing enough to get a handle on police violence.
Rep. Butterfiled warns the U-S is in for a long hot summer if more shootings like Sterling and Castile continue to happen.
In the Philando Castile shooting investigation, that’s the man who was shot and killed by officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Minneapolis, police scanner audio has surfaced.
KARE-TV reports an officer can be heard racially profiling Castile and his fiancé before pulling them over.
Mark Hughes Speaks Out About Being Falsely Identified In Dallas Shootings, Says Police Declined To Recant Accusation
Mark Hughes, the man who carried an AR-15 assault rifle during last week’s Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, was wrongly accused of being connected to the ambush on Dallas police.
After being wrongfully connected to the murder of five Dallas police officers, Hughes’s life may never be the same again. He is still receiving death threats after the Dallas Police Department cleared and released him from police custody.
Roland Martin, Host of NewsOne Now, spoke with Hughes, his brother Cory Hughes, and attorney Lee Merritt about the false accusations and his decision to carry a firearm to the protest.
Black Trauma: Dissecting The Impact Videotaped Killings Have On Our Psyche
In the wake of the recent shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, as well as the police officers who lost their lives to a sniper attack in Dallas, the impact of violent death has left the nation reeling.
On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin spoke with Dr. Kevin Washington, President of the Association of Black Psychologists, about the stress, trauma, and mental toll videotaped violence is having on the African-American community.
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