Five officers have been murdered by one or more snipers armed with rifles on a rooftop. We don't yet know all the officers' names. Full details are still coming out, but every single person in this country needs to take a minute to think about these officers' deaths.
These officers gave their lives to protect our way of life. They died trying to ensure that protesters could have their say in a public place without fear of being hurt or killed for their beliefs. It does not matter what we might personally believe about protesters or the BLM movement in particular. As Americans, we believe in the right for people to have their say. This is one of the fundamental rights in the United States: freedom of speech, and lawful public assembly without violence. No matter what YOU believe, OTHERS have a right to believe (or protest) something else. We cannot let anyone-- especially cop-killers-- take this way of life away from us.
There are no words for this. It was the intentional targeting of police officers by a shooter concealed on a position of high ground and filled with hatred for law enforcement officers who stand as the only guardians of our basic freedoms. Just a couple of blocks from the location where JFK was shot to death in a similar type of ambush, these officers were assassinated without any opportunity to defend themselves. Its an unthinkable nightmare, and it is just beginning.
My heart is with these officers, DPD as a whole and their families. These officers will never be forgotten.