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Dallas snipers weren’t amateurs

According to initial reports, the snipers who killed 5 police officers and wounded another 6 officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas were well-trained. That’s the opinion of Malcolm Nance, a combat veteran and retired US Navy Intelligence official. In the aftermath of the shootings, which I’d characterize as assassinations, Nance tweeted “#Dallas 1. TACTICALLY PROFESSIONAL: Shooter uses military Combat Glide, fire-on the move & tactical flow techniques.”

Nance’s tweet was in response to Haidar Sumeri’s tweet which said “Moment a cop was killed by one of the #Dallas gunmen during a shoot-out. These guys aren’t amateurs.”

If you’re looking for a voice of sanity while police sort through the evidence, Salena Zito’s article is a terrific place to start. Ms. Zito opened her article by saying “Politics must take a back seat this morning as we face the horror of five dead police officers, 11 total shot, 6 injured, after a Black Lives Matters peaceful protest in Dallas Texas went horribly wrong.” Then she said what many of us are thinking:

In fact, reaction was brutally swift and callous by hardliners on both sides of the aisle on social media, in the race to blame their political opponents policies, values and personalities for the senseless deaths of officers in charge of keeping a peaceful protest just that: peaceful.

We need to stop doing this to each other.

Their deaths were not the fault of the NRA, or Barack Obama, or the protestors in downtown Dallas. And, for added measure, because we always go there: all white people aren’t racist, all minorities aren’t suspect, all cops aren’t bad and everything that happens isn’t always politically motivated.

This time, let’s not have Chuck Schumer find a microphone and declare that the solution to this is gun control. This time, let’s let law enforcement sift through the forensic information. Let’s watch the reports:

Let’s gather information from articles like this:

A suspect who died after a standoff with Dallas police said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, and that he was upset about “the recent police shootings,” and that he acted alone, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday.

The suspect eventually was killed by a bomb that authorities detonated, Brown said. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”

Once we have a base of knowledge, we can start connecting the dots. We shouldn’t try that until the information has been verified and we’ve had time to put the forensic evidence together.

Technorati: Black Lives Matter, Dallas Protest, Trained Snipers, Forensic Evidence, Connect the Dots, Law Enforcement, Dallas Police Department, Recriminations

Authored By Let Freedom Ring Blog

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