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July 2016: Police Officers Targeted and Shot in Dallas During Protest

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Police Officers Targeted and Shot in Dallas During Protest
Image of memorial to the five dead police officers in Dallas
On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson shoots and kills five police officers at what was a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. The officers were there to keep watch over the protest of Alton Sterling's and Philando Castile's deaths. Johnson, a 25-year-old African American Afghanistan veteran stated that his goal was to take down as many white officers as he could. When negotiations with Johnson fail, a bomb-equipped robot is sent in and detonates, killing the shooter. Officials believe Johnson had been planning an even larger-scale attack, but was pushed into action because of the shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge.
Photo source: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
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