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Dallas police say shooting was ‘well-planned’ and ‘thought out’

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Dallas police stop a driver in downtown Dallas, July 7, 2016, following shootings of police officers.

Dallas police stop a driver in downtown Dallas, July 7, 2016, following shootings of police officers.

DALLAS (Diya TV) — The shooting ambush that left five Dallas law enforcement officers dead and seven more injured Thursday night was “a well-planned, well thought out, evil tragedy,” the city’s police chief said today.

“Through our investigation of some of the suspects, it’s revealed to us that this was a well-planned, well thought out, evil tragedy by these suspects,” Chief David Brown said. “And we won’t rest until we bring everyone to justice.”

Brown said earlier, “We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city.”

Three suspects in total — two men and one woman — have been detained by police for their involvement in the shootings, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. Officials earlier said that at least two gunmen were involved.

Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, was identified as one of the suspects, according to multiple reports. Johnson died overnight in the incident. Police said that Johnson told hostage negotiators that he was angry about the recent fatal shootings of black men by police around the nation, and that he wanted to kill white people as revenge, especially police officers.

Johnson “expressed anger for Black Lives Matter” and told a hostage negotiator he “wanted to kill [police] officers,” Brown said today.

Police spent hours negotiating with Johnson before he was ultimately killed by an explosive that was strapped to a police robot.

Dallas police detain a driver after several police officers were shot in downtown Dallas, July 7, 2016.

Dallas police detain a driver after several police officers were shot in downtown Dallas, July 7, 2016.

Johnson previously served as an Army reservist until April of last year, according to defense officials. He trained and served in the Army Reserve as a carpentry and masonry specialist, the officials added. Johnson deployed to Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, according to his service record. He had the rank of a private first class.

Among the five officers killed was a newlywed who married just two weeks ago to a fellow officer. Another of the victims was a father to a toddler daughter. And another was formerly a police officer in Michigan.

One of the slain was Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa. His father posted on Facebook,”My son is a police officer in Dallas he was working there the rally in downtown where my son was shot and killed by a sniper along with four other police officers. …”Need prayers to get through this.”

U.S. President Barack Obama called the event a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack” while speaking to reporters this morning in Warsaw, Poland. He described the killings as a “tremendous tragedy” and “senseless murders.”

“We will learn more about their twisted motivations,” Obama said of the suspects. “Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification.”

Additionally, two civilians were injured in the mayhem, which occurred as people demonstrated in downtown Dallas after the fatal shootings of two black men by police in different states, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, both of which were shot and killed this week. The Department of Justice is currently investigating the death of the former.

The ambush erupted shortly before 9 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, when at least two snipers from elevated positions began firing at police officers who were at the demonstration, officials said.

The Rev. Jeff Hood, one of the event’s organizers, said the ultimate goal of the gathering was to create “a space where anger could be let out. We were interested in creating a space where people could grieve. We were interested in creating a space where people could network to face head on the problem of police brutality in our country.”

He added: “We left that rally in a non-violent fashion. After leaving the rally “I heard ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop’ in secession. Immediately, when I heard the shots, I looked up, and I saw what I believe were two police officers that went down.“

“The sergeant ran towards the shooting. I ran the opposite direction… was screaming, ‘Run, run, active shooter, active shooter, run, run.’ And I was trying to get folks out as fast as I could. … During that moment, I lost track of my wife.

“I didn’t find her again for three and a half hours,” Hood said. “I spent those three hours talking to people asking the question, “Why, why.

“Why is this happening? The only answer I know now and the only answer I knew then was turn to love. We’ve got to turn to love. We got to stop shooting,” he said. “This is a devastating time for the city of Dallas. It’s a devastating time for us as activists and organizers.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote an open letter to the Dallas Morning News today, saying: “Justice will be served, but justice is small solace for the families left behind. We mourn for the families of the fallen, for the law enforcement community and for our nation.”

“Respect for our law enforcement officers must be restored in our nation. … For law enforcement officers to stand in front of us and all that threatens, we must stand behind them,” Abbott said. “Every life matters. With each innocent life lost, we lose more of our humanity.”

“I ask for your prayers – for our law enforcement officers, for the city of Dallas, for our state and for our nation,” Abbott said. “I have faith in the goodness of Texas, of America. For in the end, evil always fails.”

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Ex-Minneapolis cop charged with George Floyd’s murder

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — One of the Minneapolis police officers fired for their role in the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd died after he was pinned to the ground by those officers, with Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The other officers are under investigation, but no charges were announced. The arrest comes after a night of tumult in Minneapolis, where a police station and new housing project were burned down and stores were looted.

Protests that were largely limited to Minneapolis this week have now spread around the nation. From New York to Atlanta, Washington to San Jose, thousands of people outraged over Floyd’s death have taken to the streets. While gatherings started as peace expressions of grief, many of them have turned violent.

President Trump announced there will be a federal investigation over Floyd’s death. But he’s also caused controversy with a tweet quoting George Wallace that said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in reaction to the fires set in Minneapolis.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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In Oval Office, Trump offers personal mediation to India-China

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  President Trump, when asked in the Oval Office to comment on the growing India-China border dispute, said he would be happy to mediate any issues between the two nations. Trump added he spoke to Prime Minister Modi and claims Modi “is not in a good mood about what’s going on with China.”

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum normally holds events at high-end hotels. But this time out, their West Coast Summit brought dignitaries together virtually, featuring speakers like Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and FedEx President Raj Subramaniam to discuss the growing U.S.-India relationship.

The Indian government is allowing Indian Americans with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to return. They had restricted such travel as part of India’s strict lockdown two months ago.

And bad weather delayed a landmark U.S. trip into space by NASA and SpaceX. It was to be the first space mission with astronauts aboard powered by a private company. Instead, they will aim to lift off once again on Saturday.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Somber milestone: 100,000 Americans lost to COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Three months into the pandemic, America hit a grim milestone — 100,000 dead in the U.S. at the hands of COVID-19. Cases continue to rise in 14 states, including California. 1.7 million Americans are now afflicted with COVID-19.

In a tweet, President Trump chimed into the growing India-China border dispute, offering to have American officials meditate to keep the peace. China already has ongoing rifts with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet — regions with underlying calls for independence. And there are many asking for American intervention in those matters. We’ll analyze all of these movements.

Peaceful protests have turned into riots in Minneapolis after the senseless killing of George Floyd by police. The four officers involved have been fired. And now Minneapolis’ mayor wants criminal charges for 44 year old Derek Chauvin, the now fired officer who suffocated Floyd to death while onlookers screamed for him to stop.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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