Tributes To The Fallen Dallas Officers Across The Country Show How People Come Together
After the fatal ambush in Dallas on Thursday, tributes to the fallen Dallas officers are taking place across the country and on social media. Five police officers were killed in the attack and seven more were injured. Two civilians were also shot in the attack that night. The shooter used "sniper tactics" to take over the streets where a peaceful protest was happening in the wake of the shootings earlier in the week of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The shooter was later killed by police officers using a bomb wielding robot in a parking garage. For all Americans, it's been a sad and scary week of violence.
President Obama made a statement on Friday from Europe, where he was attending a NATO summit in Poland. He called the attack, "a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement" and said that the nation was "horrified" by the incident. In addition to ordering the flags at the White House to be flown at half staff, Obama said that, "anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done." Obama plans on cutting his European trip short by one day, according to CNN, and will visit Dallas in the coming week.
Before that visit, though, memorials and tributes are already taking place for the fallen officers.
From Celebs & Politicians
As someone with law enforcement in my family, I am just shaking. That does not equal this. Senseless. Horrific. Heartbreaking.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 8, 2016
These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
My heart hurts. Too much death. Too much hate. Hug your loved ones tight. Tell them that in the darkest times, we MUST love even harder.— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) July 8, 2016
I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 8, 2016
At Dallas Police HQ
From Other Police Departments
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends & co-workers of Sr Cpl. Lorne Ahrens of the Dallas TX Police Dept. pic.twitter.com/OXx3yusZCr— Knoxville Police (@Knoxville_PD) July 8, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dallas Police Dept. and the families of the 5 officers who were killed July 7 pic.twitter.com/RMgb8BDNyt— SCDPS (@SCDPS_PIO) July 8, 2016
A prayer service is being held at the Metro Nashville Police Dept. at noon in honor of the Dallas shooting victims. pic.twitter.com/70tVu2pS3p— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) July 8, 2016
Members of Salem Baptist Church pay tribute to Dallas and lay hands and pray for the police officers of Chicago pic.twitter.com/3yM2k4O0E8— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) July 9, 2016
The tributes are too many to list. There's a cellist in Atlanta who has a moving, musical tribute. Everyday people have posted blue flowers and badges with a black stripe on them to their Instagram accounts. On Twitter, the heartbreak is real.
On her own Instagram account, Beyoncé posted a video with the slain officers' names, just like she posted the names of all those killed by police officers recently earlier this week. She captioned her post:
As more information comes out in the coming days about the attack in Dallas and others speak out or protest violence, there are sure to be more memorials and tributes to the officers killed in the attack. The one takeaway from all of the tributes is that everyone was hurt, somehow, by the attack in Dallas, and now's the time to come together.