Three police officers shot dead in Dallas.

(154 Posts)
DoctorTwo Fri 08-Jul-16 05:15:43

BBC link Blimey. I'm shocked but not really surprised as American police shot (apparently) 506 people to death in 2015, and another two this week.

But hey, good guys with guns will always stop bad people with guns killing good people, if the NRA are to be believed...

DoctorTwo Fri 08-Jul-16 05:30:35

A fourth officer has died, according to 5Live.

SayWhat123 Fri 08-Jul-16 06:17:10

11 shot four dead so far, both suspects in custody.

Now is not the time to politicize a tragedy.

Mistigri Fri 08-Jul-16 07:44:59

There were apparently more than two people involved.

It's not in the least "political" to observe that making it easy for bad people to acquire guns will inevitably result in more bad people owning and using them.

originalmavis Fri 08-Jul-16 08:45:34

The recent police shootings of civilians had been absolutely shocking.

This must have been something that these (connected?) people discussed and planned. You don't just grab a rifle and trot off with your mates to kill a few people? They must have been good shots too to have managed to hit so very few non police.

The trigger happy gun culture is madness. And carrying a gun as a civilian - why in God's green earth would you?

Mummylin Fri 08-Jul-16 08:59:57

5 policeman now confirmed dead.

LostQueen Fri 08-Jul-16 09:00:28

I don't think it's as simplistic as saying its making a tragedy political. I think if you continually ignore the massive issue with guns in your country and allow your law enforcement officers to continually get away with murdering black people, then something like this is bound to happen. No it's not ok in the slightest. We know that two wrongs don't make a right and we know that people should not be losing their lives but America needs to wake the fuck up and do something. This is what happens when you you ignore what is happening to an entire section of your society, psycho's end up taking things into their own hands.

VoyageOfDad Fri 08-Jul-16 09:06:27

It's a tinder keg.

It's a terrible terrible sequence of events.

Spanglecrab Fri 08-Jul-16 09:08:19

now is not the time to politicize a tragedy

gingerboy1912 Fri 08-Jul-16 09:32:05

Sad situation. Don't see an end to it really. sad

NoGood Fri 08-Jul-16 09:55:10

now is not the time to politicize a tragedy

Yes this is awful, BUT how many more black lives need to be lost before this is to become politicised?

In this day and age, a super power nation's police kills its own black people and the police very rarely get punished for this. When would be a good time to politicise? Have you seen the number of black people killed every month? Have you seen the number of blacks already killed this month? And July has barely begun. It is horrific. This shooting has not happened in a vacuum. Yes it is deplorable and horrific. But if you do not address the issue then we cannot be surprised when such terrible incidents happen.

We need to address why so many US white police men are killing black people and still getting away with it. I watched a programme not too long ago where young Amenrican black men fear getting stopped by police as they face the very real possibility of being shot dead.

As for the civillian right to carry arms....it is totally crazy.

Mistigri Fri 08-Jul-16 09:57:28

How is it "political" to talk about gun control in the wake of a mass shooting?

It's no more political than it would be to talk about road safety in the wake of a motorway pile-up.

This is a UK website and in the UK, there is no mainstream political debate at all about gun control. It's a completely non-political issue for most people.

Five policemen are dead and we can't talk about the US gun culture that killed them?

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:07:34

America are such a third world country. How have they managed to convince the world that they are number one for so long?

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:12:48

Blacks comprise just 13% of the population yet you are 2.5 times more likely to be shot by a police officer if you are black.

A black male born in 2001 has 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime while a Latino male has 17% and a white male only 6%.

Obviously these police shootings are tragedies and should not have happened. Police lives are worth more than black lives so maybe something will be done now. sad

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:13:42

Should have clarified ' in America they think police lives are worth more than black lives'

Vixxfacee Fri 08-Jul-16 10:16:57

When those 2 black men were murdered by the police this week I didn't see any mention on the news outlets in this country. I read about it on blogs.
Now police have been killed it is suddenly everywhere and being called terror attacks.

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:23:39

So true vixxx

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:24:45

I had to search for the videos of the shootings of those defenceless black men . Very distressing sad

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:25:36

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/07/facebook-live-video-appears-to-show-black-man-shot-police-minnesota-philando-castile

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

redshoeblueshoe Fri 08-Jul-16 10:26:25

Vixx both murders were covered on TV here yesterday.

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:27:46

www.vox.com/2016/7/6/12105380/alton-sterling-police-shooting-baton-rouge-louisiana

Second guy, one day apart. Again: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LookAtMeGo Fri 08-Jul-16 10:28:40

It was at a black lives matter march in protest of the shootings so of course it's related hmm

NoGood Fri 08-Jul-16 10:29:40

How long should black people stand back and watch or video their loved ones being killed?

Why does a black man have to fear for their life every time they come across their police? How many viseos does the world have to see before some action is taken?

It is so sad that even in this day and age, white skin has more value than black skin - despite the colour of blood being the same.

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