the Horror duJour, this time in Dallas, Texas, is still being investigated at this time--
So far, 5 Dallas police officers have been murdered, 11 others wounded,
during a mostly peaceful #Black Lives Matter protest march.
Except for that "mostly peaceful" part. ...
This could turn out to be more of a national disaster than 9/11 was, in a sense:
It could be the beginning of another American Civil War, iff the shooters , the murderers are identified to be American citizens of Black heritage. So far, no witness has claimed to have heard anyone screaming "Aloha Snackbar", indicating possible ISIS involvement.
Identified so far:
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police officer
Brent Thompson, 43;
Looks like a great guy, probably somebody's best friend.
When Brent Thompson saw you in church, said Sandra Hughes, he’d wrap you in a hug. When his children were in Hughes’s classroom, he’d ask how he could help, and what he could do. And when he became a grandfather, Hughes said, he “just lived for those little kids.”
“He’s just an incredible guy,” said Hughes, a retired teacher in Texas. “he was just wonderful.” Even more here.
Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, had survived three tours in Iraq, one of the world’s most dangerous places. Zamarripa was a bicycle officer in downtown Dallas.
He leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, Lyncoln; even more heartbreak, here.
Dallas police officer Michael Krol, 40, grew up in Michigan but found his calling in Big D.
Officially a cop, he stood before the cameras, goofy grin and all, as his Michigan family crowded around to watch him hoist a certificate saying he had graduated from the Dallas Police Academy. It was April 25, 2008. Krol, then 32, still had a cherub face. And he seemed to have a long career ahead of him.
“He was a big guy and had a big heart, and he was a really caring person and wanted to help people,” said brother-in-law Brian Schoenbaechler;
even more heartbreak, here.
Dallas police officer Lorne Ahrens cut a formidable figure:
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound former semi-pro football player could turn heads just by showing up, according to his father-in-law, Charlie Buckingham, “He was a big ol’ boy,” Ahrens leaves behind his wife Katrina, who's also a Dallas police detective and the couples’ children, a 10-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy. Even more, here.
Dallas police officer Michael J. Smith, 55, a former Army ranger who joined the police force in 1989. The 25-year veteran officer was the one always standing guard by the tree fort in the vast lobby of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, where he worked as a uniformed security officer in recent years, greeting parents and children and ushering them on to their Sunday programs.
“He was outgoing but also very tender and unassuming,” said Wes Butler, the director of family and children’s ministries at Watermark. “He was just there, you know? People naturally engaged with him. He was one of the good guys, the one you’d hope your kids would go to, if they ran into trouble.” Even more, here.
Simply that each was born White, and chose to become police officers in the Metroplex.