Texas official walks back remark calling Dallas protesters 'hypocrites

One of the organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Texas on Thursday

One of the organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Texas on Thursday

"We have to have their [police] back", Patrick exclaimed.

"All those protesters last night, they ran the other way expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them".

But as the peaceful protest was ending Thursday night, snipers shot at law enforcement on the streets of Dallas, wounding seven officers and killing five, as well as two civilians.

"As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter", reads a statement issued on the group's Facebook page.

"I do blame people on social media with their hatred toward police", he said.

When Patrick was finished speaking, neither Faulkner nor anyone else on the show's five-person panel challenged Patrick to explain why he believes the protesters were "hypocrites" for running away from sniper fire, regardless of where it was coming from. I do blame - I saw Jesse Jackson, I think it was on Fox last night, calling police racist without any facts.

While being interviewed by a Dallas TV news reporter Thursday evening, July 7, Corey Hughes said the Black Lives Matter protests there are generally peaceful, and what happened was greatly unexpected by those who planned the event. "And I'm sick and exhausted of those who are protesting our police and putting their lives in danger".

Patrick argued that concern about police violence is new and must stop. "This has to stop".

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, also criticized justice marches in general and blamed Black Lives Matter for the shootings, not Johnson. "With each innocent life lost, we lose more of our humanity". We generally look to elected officials and people in positions of authority to be level-headed at times like this, but from time to time, their emotions get the better of them.

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