"Real America is coming after you". And the man identified as the shooter did the Black Lives Matter movement no favors. "Get ready to see an extra security at future protests here in Chicago to protect our men and women in blue", said Dean Angelo, president, Fraternal Order of Police.
It might have remained just that, with Sterling's name added to a sorrowful litany alongside Michael Brown and Eric Garner and Freddie Gray. Because the downed officer, the screaming sirens, the rifle shots, were taking place on a corner where I had walked to work, caught the bus, met up with friends.
The suspected sniper killed by Dallas police overnight after they believe he shot 14 people, killing five officers, had been a reservist in the U.S. Army.
The men and women of the El Paso Department wish to extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the families of the officers, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department for the loss of the five fearless officers killed in the line of duty.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch described events in Dallas as "an unfathomable tragedy". Newt Gingrich said it took him many years, and many conversations, to recognize that white Americans often fail to understand the fear and discrimination felt by black Americans.
"Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifice they make for us", he said. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website shows that fewer officers have been killed in each of the past three years than in any year since at least 1960. "There's just a really scary sense of humanity right now", she said. "I know that he did the thing that was expected of him to do, ' and they reacted by starting to think about and question whether or not there was an issue".
"We still don't know all the facts", Obama said.
"Oh God, please don't tell me my boyfriend is dead", she said. "But yesterday set me back".
Williams said her sister was at the protests Thursday night with her four sons, ages 12 to 17. Many people said it sounded like a semi-automatic weapon. Robotics experts said the incident was the first time law enforcement has used a robot in a targeted killing in the U.S.
Five police officers were killed and seven injured in the ambush.
If the gravity of it all seems clear, the road from here does not.
Jamier Sale, a Black Lives Matter activist, said local events protesting police shootings of black suspects would continue. He joined the Dallas Police Department after leaving the Navy. Is this a turning point or simply a continuation?
Faux newscasters constantly regale with tales of a war on police, but statistics show it has never been safer to be a law enforcement officer.
She said she saw a woman trip over and almost get trampled.
Most of the injured officers have been released from the hospital, Brown told reporters. In 1963, it was sniper violence that killed then-President John F. Kennedy in a spot eerily near where Thursday's police shooting took place.
Two blocks from the shooting site, in Dallas' historic West End district, Joe Groves owns Ellen's Southern Kitchen & Bar, where dinner was underway when the gunfire sounded.
The lieutenant governor argued that social media postings and demonstrations contributed to Thursday's violence.
Though Groves is white, most of his 72 workers are black and Latino; his clientele is diverse as well. The tension that came to a head in the shootings wasn't something he'd experienced personally, until now. "Once you take that oath, you're bound by it and you feel for the families" that lost loved ones.
"The good news about rock bottom", he said, "is the only way out is up".