Our hearts are broken.
For the dead and wounded Dallas officers.
For their loved ones, friends and colleagues.
And for the Dallas Police Department, which has often gotten it right in this ugly time of national tensions between law enforcement and their African-Americans constituents.
A peaceful protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night, planned to mark police shootings in other cities, morphed into a horrific sniper ambush on the men and women sworn to protect them.
These were police officers who had earlier posed for photos with the demonstrators, shaken their hands and provided security for their rally. Throughout the evening, mutual respect was visible between the two groups.
These were the police officers who, when shooting broke out from high above them, tried to make sure protesters got out of harm’s way.
These were the officers who then did what law enforcement heroes always do — they rushed toward the source of danger to try to stop its perpetrators.