Hours after President Obama told the nation that all Americans should be troubled by news of recent police shootings, the police themselves came under fire in Dallas.
At least four snipers opened fire Thursday night on police deployed to the protest, killing five officers and injuring at least six. It is not yet clear if the snipers had any connection to the protest, which had been peaceful.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said early Friday morning that it appeared the shooters “planned to injure and kill as many officers as they could.”
Hours earlier, Obama expressed his condolences to the families of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge and Philando Castile of Minnesota, both black men seen on videotape as police shot and killed them.
“These are not isolated incidents,” Obama said. “They are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.”
Although he refused to comment on the specifics of the two most recent cases, Obama told the nation, “We have seen tragedies like this too many times.”