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Tragedy in Dallas: Gunman Ambushes Officers at Protest

Tragedy in Dallas: Gunman Ambushes Officers at Protest

Five officers killed and nine injured in ambush at protest

'Heartbreaking': President George W. Bush On Dallas Ambush, Other Celebs and Politicians React

Support for the officers poured in across Twitter and Facebook

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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch denounced the sniper attack that killed five police officers in Dallas on Thursday, urging people to reflect on "the country that we want to build and the kind of society that we are choosing to pass on to our children." (Published Friday, July 8, 2016)

    As news of the ambush and slaying of five police officers following a peaceful Dallas protest on Thursday began to break, city leaders, politicians and celebrities began to issue statements on social media.

    "Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities," said Former President George W. Bush, who resides in Dallas with his wife Barbara.

    Both presidential candidates reacted to the tragedy. Donald Trump offered prayers and condolences then postponed a speech on economic opportunity in Miami. Hillary Clinton tweeted, "I mourn for the officers who were shot while doing their sacred duty," and canceled a campaign stop in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with Vice President Joe Biden. 

    House Speaker Paul Ryan said anger over the police shootings in Dallas must not be allowed to harden the nation's divisions. Speaking Friday on the House Floor, Ryan said it had been a "long month for America" and that the nation has seen terrible and senseless things.

    But in debating how to respond, he urged unity.  "A few perpetrators of evil do not represent us; they do not control us," he said. 

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the floor after Ryan, joining in his expression of grief and thanking Dallas police officers for their service.

    Among the celebrities, Lady Gaga took to Twitter imploring people to "stick together during this divided time." 

    Some of those posts can be seen below:

     

    There has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. Police in Dallas were on duty, doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. These law enforcement officers were targeted and nearly a dozen officers were shot; five were killed. As I told Mayor Rawlings, I believe that I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and police department in Dallas.President Barack Obama

    To say that our police officers put their life on the line every day is no hyperbole ladies and gentlemen. It’s a reality. Mike Rawlings, Dallas Mayor

    We’re continuing to ask for the public’s prayers and supports and encouragement but I can just tell you I’ve never been more proud of a police officer or being a part of this great noble profession. Seeing the courage, the professionalism and just the grit to stay on scene in an area looking for suspects, knowing that we are vulnerable. We don’t know where they are.David Brown, Dallas Chief of Police

    These officers have given everything to serve the citizens of Dallas, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families.Ron Pinkston, President, Dallas Police Association

    “If ever was a time we need to come together, it’s right now”Bishop T.D. Jakes

    This is another senseless shooting. This time the innocent victims were officers. Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those DART and Dallas Police Officers.Texas Sen. Royce West, (D) District 23

    White policeman are more fearful than ever for their lives & Blacks feel the same. Let's stop the mayhem b4 more innocent people die. #TruthDeion Sanders, Athlete