Interfaith Prayer Vigil Held In Dallas
Dallas is a city in mourning after a shooting last night that killed five police officers. Dallas Police Chief David Brown spoke at an interfaith prayer vigil today, asking the city to rally behind his department. One pastor at the event said the Dallas community is ready to do the hard work necessary to bring about true reconciliation and the glory of God in the city. Another religious leader called for healing and said it’s a shame that people only seem to come together when there’s a tragedy.
Gunman In Dallas Ambush Served In Afghanistan
Authorities say the gunman killed after ambushing Dallas police officers was an Army reservist who served in Afghanistan. The Army says 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson held the rank of Private First Class and was deployed to Afghanistan in November of 2013. Five officers were killed by sniper fire during a protest over the deadly shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Johnson lived in nearby Mesquite, Texas and was killed when police detonated a bomb carried by a robot.
Congressional Black Caucus Demands Action On Guns
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are putting more pressure on congressional leaders to deal with gun violence. In a Capitol briefing, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee said hearts are broken about the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. They were killed in a sniper ambush. North Carolina Democrat G.K. Butterfield said caucus members are angry and frustrated about congressional inaction on guns. He also expressed dismay about the shooting deaths of two young black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota this week.
DC Police Double Up On Patrol Teams
With the news out of Dallas of a deadly shooting at police officers, DC Police are taking extra precautions. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced today that officers on patrol will be working in teams of two. Last night hundreds marched from the White House to the Capitol to protest the shooting deaths of two African-Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota. A handful of other protests are scheduled in the District today and this weekend.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.