Dallas sniper suspect ‘wanted to kill white people’

2016-07-08 15:32
Dallas police respond after snipers opened fire on police officers during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. (Maria R  Olivas/The Dallas Morning News, AP)

Dallas police respond after snipers opened fire on police officers during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. (Maria R Olivas/The Dallas Morning News, AP)

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WATCH: Witness captures moments snipers fire shots in Dallas

2016-07-08 10:38

Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. A journalist and witness to the shootings captured the moments on his phone. Watch. WATCH

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Dallas – The suspect in the Dallas police sniper attacks told negotiators that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, after a recent spate of US police-involved shootings of black men, the city's police chief said on Friday.

Chief David Brown appealed for unity in the wake of the attacks, which left five police dead and nine wounded – seven of them cops – saying: "This must stop – this divisiveness between our police and our citizens."

The suspect was killed by an explosive device detonated by police during a tense standoff, after Thursday night's shooting rampage during a protest over the fatal police shootings of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota, Brown said.

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