During a Black Lives Matter protest against law enforcement on Thursday night held in Dallas, Texas, five police officers were murdered and at least six other officers and two civilians were shot.
On Friday morning, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown told reporters that one suspect in custody said that he was upset about Black Lives Matter and the two recent publicized police shootings. He also said that he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Watch the video of Chief Brown addressing reporters, below:
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter; he said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown told reporters.
The police chief added that the suspect alleged to have been “acting alone,” but that account clearly contradicts reports which state that there are at least three suspects currently in custody, who seemingly worked in a coordinated attack.
Later in the presser, Brown stated that the suspect who reportedly committed suicide was actually taken out by law enforcement officers.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb,” said Brown.
Throughout the press conference, Brown urged the public to start supporting American’s police force, individuals who “literally risk our lives to protect our Democracy.”
“We don’t feel much support most days, let’s not make today most days,” he stated.