Cops squarely in fir­ing line

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WASH­ING­TON: It was morn­ing in Dal­las when po­lice chief David Brown gave the press con­fer­ence about an at­tack aimed at his of­fi­cers.

“We barely sur­vived the in­tent of this suspect,” he said. “Some of­fi­cers say we are very lucky.”

That was June 2015, right af­ter a man had at­tacked Dal­las po­lice head­quar­ters in an ar­moured ve­hi­cle and started fir­ing an au­to­matic ri­fle and shot­gun into po­lice cars and the build­ing.

But although his of­fi­cers were forced to take cover, they all emerged alive.

That luck didn’t hold this time around, when of­fi­cers pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for a group of pro­test­ers –pro­test­ers who say po­lice are too prone to use vi­o­lence against black Amer­i­cans – be­came the tar­gets . Five of­fi­cers died and seven were wounded, along with two civil­ians.

De­pend­ing upon how the news un­folds, it could ex­ac­er­bate ten­sions be­tween the African Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion and au­thor­i­ties.

Fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing the pic­ture, many po­lice of­fi­cers – like Brown him­self – are black and bris­tle at the al­le­ga­tion that US po­lice are insen­si­tive to the needs of black Amer­i­cans, if not out­right bel­liger­ent.

How­ever, Brown was hav­ing none of it yes­ter­day.

“We are heart­bro­ken,” he said. “There are no words to de­scribe the atroc­ity that oc­curred to our city.

“All I know is that this must stop. This di­vi­sive­ness be­tween our po­lice and our cit­i­zens.” – ANA– dpa

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