Ceremony Held on Five-Year Anniversary of Ambush on Police at Dallas BLM Protest That Killed Five Officers

A ceremony was held today in downtown Dallas, Texas to commemorate the five-year anniversary of when police were ambushed by a domestic terrorist at a BLM protest.

Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren noted, “5 brave officers were killed and 7 other officers wounded in an ambush during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas by a shooter who unabashedly set out to kill white cops.”

Lahren explained that it was the “deadliest attack on law enforcement since September 11th” and that “today belongs to these men. Officer Ahrens, Officer Krol, Officer Smith, Officer Thompson, and Officer Zamarripa.”

“In a time when law enforcement has been demoralized, degraded, demonized and even defunded, it is more important than ever we honor those who lost their lives holding that thin blue line,” Lahren concluded.

The Dallas Morning News reported on the ceremony that that five unlit white candles stood in front of the Dallas Police Memorial site as a helicopter circled overhead and the police choir sang “Holy Ground” while hundreds of North Texas law enforcement officers lined Griffin Street in downtown Dallas.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said about the officers, “They were truly unafraid. They stood for everything that is right about our beloved calling. We know our lost heroes aren’t missing this event. They’re watching from above, no doubt in their Dallas Police uniform, and proud that they had the right to wear this badge. Be proud of their legacy.”

Last year, we wrote a flashback article regarding the situation, after Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed “Black Lives Matter” to be painted on a street that leads to the White House, which has now become Black Lives Matter Plaza.

We reported:

While the local DC chapter decried the move, saying it was an “performative distraction from real policy changes.” Those policy changes have finally come to light now on what the goal is which they then outlined: “Black Lives Matter means defund the police.”

The movement has made a comeback after going mostly dormant for a few years and one of the main reasons that happened was because of that police ambush. Also, there was a lack of goals from the leaders of the movement.

From the July 8th, 2016 article on the shooting by USA Today:

gunman shot police ambush-style as protesters marched in downtown Dallas late Thursday against the fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.

Five law enforcement officials were killed in the assault. Seven other officers and two civilians were wounded.

While the local DC chapter decried the move, saying it was an “performative distraction from real policy changes.” Those policy changes have finally come to light now on what the goal is which they then outlined: “Black Lives Matter means defund the police.”

The movement has made a comeback after going mostly dormant for a few years and one of the main reasons that happened was because of that police ambush. Also, there was a lack of goals from the leaders of the movement.

From the July 8th, 2016 article on the shooting by USA Today:

gunman shot police ambush-style as protesters marched in downtown Dallas late Thursday against the fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.

Five law enforcement officials were killed in the assault. Seven other officers and two civilians were wounded.

Johnson, 25, is believed to be the lone gunman in the attack, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY on Friday. He joined the Army Reserve in 2009 and served in Afghanistan for about eight months until July 2014, according to the U.S. Army. He left the Army in April 2015.

Johnson’s Facebook account also identified him as Fahed Hassen and as Richard GRIFFIN or Professor Griff, who embraces a “radical form of Afrocentrism,” the Dallas Police Department said in a statement. Johnson, as GRIFFIN, authored a book titled A Warrior’s Tapestry, police said.

Johnson was killed by a police-controlled remote explosive device about 45 minutes after authorities began trying to negotiate with him, police said. He was wearing heavy body armor and carrying multiple rounds of ammunition during the attack.

Johnson, who lived in Dallas, told officers he wanted to kill white police officers, and said he was not affiliated with any groups, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday morning.

“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter, he said he was upset about the recent police shootings,” Brown said. “The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

Brown said the police force and community were “heartbroken” following the incidents.

“There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city,” he said. “All I know is this must stop. This divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”