Gun­man was ‘plan­ning ma­jor bomb at­tack’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Dal­las gun­man was plot­ting a ma­jor bomb at­tack, au­thor­i­ties said, urg­ing calm after more than 200 peo­ple were ar­rested in a new night of protests over po­lice vi­o­lence against blacks.

Anger around the United States over the deaths of two black men at the hands of po­lice in re­cent day – the stated rea­son for Micah John­son’s deadly ram­page tar­get­ing white of­fi­cers – showed no signs of abat­ing.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama cau­tioned protest­ing Amer­i­cans against cast­ing all po­lice as racially bi­ased.

Mr Obama has or­dered flags at half-staff 67 times in re­sponse to tragedies, more than any other pres­i­dent be­fore him, and may ad­dress that grim record when he speaks at an in­ter­faith memo­rial ser­vice to­day.

Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den will also at­tend, along with Mr Obama’s pre­de­ces­sor and for­mer Texas gover­nor Ge­orge W Bush, who will de­liver brief re­marks, and his wife Laura.

The Dal­las com­mu­nity’s “unity is re­flec­tive of who we are as Amer­i­cans” dur­ing these try­ing times, said Mr Obama, who will meet pri­vately with the fam­i­lies of the five fallen po­lice of­fi­cers and those wounded.

The past week’s vi­o­lence has shocked a coun­try seem­ingly in­ured to its epi­demic of gun vi­o­lence and in­jected new ur­gency into the na­tional de­bate on race re­la­tions and how white po­lice deal with black sus­pects.

Peo­ple in­spired by the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment – which arose in re­sponse to po­lice us­ing lethal force against un­armed blacks – took to the streets in Los Angeles, New York and San Fran­cisco in largely peace­ful protests on July 10. –

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