Last night (July 7), shots rang out during protests in Dallas. The bullets were aimed at police officers, and as of today five officers have been pronounced dead and seven others were injured, according to CNN. To say it’s been a dark week for the United States is a grave understatement.
The perpetrators were snipers who shot from above, and in the aftermath of the tragedy Dallas Police Chief David Brown said one suspect told cops on the scene that he was angry over the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. That suspect is now dead, and has been revealed to be 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson. Cops killed him by detonating a robot bomb they had at their disposal after a stand-off in a parking complex.
What is perhaps as equally terrifying as the incident itself is the reaction on the internet. People immediately began blaming the shooting on Obama and Black Lives Matter, characterizing the protest as “anti-police” despite there being pictures of protestors and cops posing for the camera and smiling together. The xenophobia will continue, too, despite the suspect allegedly saying he had no ties to any groups.
In addition, the Dallas Police Department tweeted a picture of someone they believed was a potential suspect. He was a black man, and Twitter users watching video of the scene quickly identified said “suspect” as walking around in the streets after gunshots went off. The suspect was detained and later released; 12 hours later, Dallas PD’s Twitter handle has still not removed their inaccurate picture and tweet.
In light of the tragedy, hip-hop is speaking out. See what people like Scarface, Nicki Minaj, Joe Budden and more have to say, plus peep a long message from Fab below.
Dear commenters, as celebrities or people with a platform we do need stand up & be the voice of the people. Especially in matters like this… But we need to stand in the right way. We need the LAWS to CHANGE. Change laws to prevent Police Brutality against ALL PEOPLE. STOP Police Officers from being protected after they do criminal acts against the people they are suppose to be assigned to protect! And STOP the POLICE from killing people for NO REASON & being sent home on PAID LEAVE & NEVER seeing punishment. It's the SYSTEM that needs to CHANGE!! As celebrities, musicians, actors, athletes, & citizens we need to get behind Civil Rights Activist & Politicians who want to CHANGE the LAWS!!! Not Free CONCERTS.. Not just standing outside wit signs. Not public outings just to say we was there. Because all of those things have been done in the past & we continue to have the same incidents happen. I do believe those things show our unity but we have to get behind movements to CHANGE these LAWS! If there's no consequence behind COPS killing citizens & the judicial system protecting them how will it ever CHANGE?? A concert won't change that, protesters with signs won't change that, & marches with celebrities haven't changed it either. We need PEOPLE IN POWER to address these matters. We have to DEMAND CHANGE WITHIN THE SYSTEM!!!! When America thought the country was in danger from DRUGS they CHANGED LAWS. The Rockefeller Laws, The Kingpin Statute & the RICO law all were laws instituted in the country's worst drug times. Well now we're in our worst times & we need LAWS to protect the PEOPLE. Ps. Don't just expect rappers/musicians to be a VOICE. We need our Sports Heroes to speak up too. Not all but a lot of them stay clear of political issues, but we need their voices to be heard too. They impact people as much as musicians IF NOT MORE.